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Autism Awareness: 5 Steps to Adapt your Response

By Leischen Stelter, American Military University

The number of children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is on the rise. In 2013, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a report that 1 in 50 U.S. schoolchildren are diagnosed with ASD. That is up significantly from previous estimates of 1 in 88 children.

In the Public Eye: Ways for First Responders to Maintain Strong Public Relations

By Allison G. S. Knox, M.A., B.A., EMT-B, professor at American Military University

Often times, first responders don’t contemplate the importance of good public relations. For some individuals, public relations have connotations that are anything but appealing. However, it is critically important for first responders to be keenly aware of how they present themselves because this can directly impact their own careers and departments.

Duty to Act: Legal Obligations vs. Community Expectations

By Anthony S. Mangeri, Sr., Faculty Member, Emergency and Disaster Management at American Military University

Over the years, there have been several stories of public safety personnel, on and off duty, failing to meet the response expectations of their community. A recent incident in the District of Columbia involving the death of a man who collapsed near a fire station and not receive immediate aid, made it even more unclear if emergency responders have a legal duty to act versus an expectation by the community to aid those who seek help.

EMS and the Burden of Explanation to Lawmakers

By Allison G. S. Knox, M.A., EMT-B, Faculty at American Military University

Emergency Medical Services (EMS) is an intriguing policy area because it encompasses numerous issue areas at the local, state and federal levels of government. Emergency medical technicians (EMTs) and paramedics are cross-trained between emergency medicine and public safety, which allows them to be creative and resourceful when handling 9-1-1 emergencies.