5 Mins with…Adam Bennett of OntarioMedic.ca

Adam Bennett of OntarioMedic.ca is looking to make paramedics more aware of how they can protect themselves while on the job.  and to also promote paramedics in the public eye.

Adam Bennett of OntarioMedic.ca

You’ve no doubt heard about the Self Defense for EMS seminar that LondonBJJ and OntarioMedic.ca are presenting (it is, afterall, posted directly underneath this post), but do you really know who came up with the idea for a paramedic specific safety seminar?  I didn’t think so.  So here he is, the man behind OntarioMedic.ca, a paramedic himself, Mr. Adam Bennett.

Firstly, who are you and what do you do?

My name is Adam Bennett and I’m a paramedic working in Ontario.

How long have you been a paramedic?

For the last 12 years.

What did you do before you became a paramedic?

I spent 10 years in the navy as a diver.

Why did you choose to become a paramedic?

After being in the Navy I decided that I wanted to be doing more than just that job.  I wanted to be helping people.  I also wanted to be out in the community and I wanted an active job as opposed to sitting behind a desk.  That just doesn’t seem to fit my personality.  And being a paramedic seemed to fit me really well.

What is OntarioMedic.ca?

Well, I think it’s important to respect those people who choose to work for the community such as firefighters, paramedics, police, etc.  OntarioMedic is a website that I created specifically for paramedics to help elevate paramedics standing in the public eye so that people can see what it is that paramedics contribute to the community, and also so that paramedics can feel proud of the job that they do.  A paramedic’s job in today’s society is grossly underrated and I think that paramedics should be proud of what they do and the public needs to know the kind of efforts that are made behind the scenes that they don’t normally see.

What sort of articles can you find on OntarioMedic.ca?

I’ve molded OntarioMedic.ca as site for paramedics to find news, educational info and training that relates directly to paramedicine. It’s a site that paramedics can turn to in order to stay on top of current trends and to see what their fellow medics are doing across the province.

OntarioMedic is putting together a self defense seminar with LondonBJJ.  Can you tell me a little about that?

Yes.  Master Sylvio Behring, from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, has a wealth of knowledge when it comes to self defense and he has graciously offered to take that knowledge and apply it to the self defense aspects that we as paramedics would need when we’re working on the job.  Our requirements are different from police and different from military in that we don’t have any defensive adjuncts while on a call.  We’re quite often brought into the same environments as the police but we don’t have the same legal allowances to be able to control somebody, to restrain somebody, to keep someone from entering a building or to force someone to leave a scene.  Most importantly, this seminar is to help paramedics understand how to keep themselves safe; whether that is to be able to safely leave a scene if there is aggression or violence, or if they are needed to intervene and do so without causing personal injury or injury to a patient or aggressor.  Patients can sometimes get aggressive and it may be just a medical or a mental health condition that they cannot control.  And often in situations where paramedics are needed tempers can flare and things can go from bad to worse very quickly.  There is a need for paramedics to know how to avoid getting injured, as well as a need for them to know how to keep bystanders, victims or patients who may need care safe as well, and Master Behring is going to be able to fill those needs very well.

Tell me a little more about Master Sylvio Behring and how you met him.

Master Behring is a 7th degree Red/Black belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and is one of the head instructors of the Franco Behring Jiu Jitsu Alliance.  I’ve been training under this association for a little over a year now and I’ve found their philosophy, when it comes to martial arts and self defense, is more than what the average person may think when thinking about martial arts, jiu jitsu or self defense.  His martial art is very passive.  It’s more about taking care of yourself while taking care of others.  And he is very family oriented.  He seems to have the mindset that a paramedic would be drawn to.  In September he had come to LondonBJJ for a visit and I had the chance to speak with him in person and explain to him the needs of a paramedic when it came to safety and he offered to come back to Canada and share what he knows.

Why is this course better for paramedics than just a regular self defense course?

Well, firstly, this course was put together for paramedics by me, a paramedic, so there is firsthand knowledge of a paramedic’s position while working.  Secondly, Master Behring has taken a lot of input from me as well as other paramedics to come out with a system, or a program if you will, to use the techniques, philosophies and approaches in his knowledgebase and apply them towards situations that we may face; the kinds of assaults, the kinds of aggression, the kinds of verbal escalations that we would see while we’re working.  So for a paramedic, this seminar is presented in a very, very real way where a lot of self defense courses are just general self defense techniques.  Also, other courses usually offer techniques that are difficult to remember or learn without plenty of repetition so they are forgotten in a week or two after the course.  Everything in this course can be learned quickly and utilized on the road the next day.  And it is presented in a way that makes a lasting impression, hopefully for years to come.

When and where is the seminar being held?

It’s going to be held on Monday, November 15th from 9am to 1pm at the Etobicoke Dojo, which is at 78 Six Points Rd, Etobicoke, ON.  We tried to pick a central location so that any paramedic from across Ontario could attend.

Are you going to be there?

Absolutely!  I wouldn’t miss it!

Great!  We’ll see you there then!

Ok.  Thanks!

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