In partnership with the Center for Firefighter Injury Research and Safety Trends (FIRST) at Drexel University, we are announcing the release of the EMERG VIOLENT EVENT REPORTING SYSTEM. Beginning immediately, EMERG is available to all members and will remain in effect for 1 year as an aspect of our participation in the “Stress and Violence in fire-based EMS Responders (SAVER)” project, led by Drexel. EMERG Instructions and Information packet will be distributed to all members and stations.
This is a Local 58 led initiative with the full support of the department. Currently, there is no national or standardized system to capture exposures to verbal and physical violence that do not result in injury to fire-based EMS responders. Your reports are crucial to helping us understand and describe the dangers you are faced with every day.
We strongly encourage you to report any incident of verbal or physical violence to EMERG. The EMERG system is a confidential and privileged reporting system, protected under the Patient Safety and Quality Improvement Act of 2005, codified at 42CFR Part 3 as Patient Safety Work Product. Data from the system are protected from discovery and punitive action.
Information submitted to EMERG will NOT be accessible to individual departments or IAFF Locals. Only the research staff of Dr. Jennifer Taylor at Drexel University will have access to the information you submit.
Reporting to EMERG takes 5 minutes of your time. Following each call that you experience verbal or physical violence from a patient or bystander, report your exposure to EMERG.
Any questions or requests for further information can be directed to Lt. Rob Borse at firstname.lastname@example.org or by cell at (214) 455-4940.
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