Self-defense center offers free training to paramedics, EMTs

The suspect wanted in the box cutter attack on two Detroit EMTs was arrested Tuesday night.

Amid safety concerns for medical first responders, one metro Detroit self-defense center is stepping up to offer training for free.

Dale Brown is the founder of the Threat Management Center in Detroit and has been teaching self-defense for more than two decades now.

The center, located at 6440 Wight Street,  teaches an Urban Survival Tactics training program.

Brown said there is no need for guns, with other means of self-defense.

"Having some type of intermediary devices like pepper spray, or a Taser can be very helpful," he said. "Most important the EMTs need training to provide strategy (which is more) important than physicality."

Brown wants to provide free training to EMTs this week. At 6 p.m. Friday the center is holding a Q & A taking their experiences and showing tactics they could use.

"We've been in situations where we've been shot, one female and five men," Brown said. "Each one lived and paramedics were crucial in saving our lives. This is our way of giving back to them."

Brown said he has reached out to the city and offers the training to any EMTs or paramedics in or out of Detroit. They can also stay for the free family Friday class from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.

For more information, call 1-800-525-3491.

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