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A Dallas Fire-Rescue paramedic with 11 years of experience was shot today in an Old East Dallas neighborhood while administering treatment to a gunshot victim. The shooter began firing at the victim, injuring the medic and a bystander in the process. The firefighter/paramedic was taken to Baylor University Medical Center in the back of a police car, and is listed in critical condition. The neighbor is reported as stable. 

 

The shooting took place around 11:30 a.m. News outlets report that the area where the shooting occurred is one of Dallas' most dangerous neighborhoods. In 2009, a nearby community was named one of the FBI's most dangerous neighborhoods. Last July NFPA, and other leading fire services organizations, decried the ambush that killed five Dallas police officers; and shared civil unrest and active shooter resources. The Dallas massacre prompted local fire officials to provide personnel with ballistic vests and helmets to wear in the field. It is not known if the city's firefighters and paramedics are wearing the protective equipment on a regular basis, or if the medic injured today was wearing safety gear at the time of the shooting.

 

This story is still developing. Law enforcement authorities have saturated the area, searching for the active shooter who was armed with a rifle.

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It goes without saying that electricity makes our lives easier, but there’s also a good chance that many of us are not really aware of the risks involved.

That’s why NFPA actively supports National Electrical Safety Month, an annual campaign sponsored by Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI), which works to raise awareness of potential home electrical hazards and the importance of electrical fire safety, including worker safety, during May. This year’s theme is: Decoding the NEC to Prevent Shock and Electrocution. 

In case you aren't aware of what the NEC is, its "technical" term is NFPA 70: National Electrical Code, and its mission is to provide practical safeguards from the hazards that arise from using electricity. It is the most widely adopted safety code in the U.S. and the world, and the NEC serves as the benchmark for safe electrical installations (that's why NFPA strongly urges residents to use a qualified electrician to do all of their home electrical projects). To learn more, check out ESFI's great infographic that describes the NEC! 

Each week this month our organizations will share resources you can use like infographics, videos, tip sheets and more. The resources are easy to access and they cover a wide range of safety topics that include using electricity outdoors, tips for the home, and important information for industry professionals dedicated to creating a safe working environment.

This week we're highlighting our updated electrical safety tip sheet. It's a reference that includes many action steps you can take now to stay safer in your home.

The more we’re all aware of the risks associated with electricity, the faster we can start putting safety practices into place. Let NFPA and ESFI help. Find information on NFPA’s electrical safety webpage and www.esfi.org, and let’s continue our work together to raise awareness about electrical hazards in our homes, schools and communities.

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