NHTSA OEMS & USFA Best Practices – EMS & Fire Response to Civil Unrest

NHTSA Office of EMS and U.S. Fire Administration share resources and best practices to help local EMS and fire departments safely respond to civil unrest incidents in their communities.

Prepare your personnel and your local community for emergency response in a challenging environment.

You can view these best practices online or download them as a pdf document from the EMS.gov Preparedness page under “Additional Resources”.

These best practices include information regarding:

  • Personnel
  • Station
  • Apparatus
  • Community


  • Coordinate response activities
  • Modify operations based on perceived threat or risk
  • Maintenance of situational awareness
  • Issues related to operations during COVID-19

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