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SCC Offers Self-Defense Class for EMS, Hospital, Fire/Rescue and Education Workers


Surry Community College is offering a self-defense class especially designed for emergency medical services, rescue, fire, education, and hospital personnel at the Center for Public Safety, 1220 State Street, Mount Airy, on Wednesday, May 8, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The cost for the class is $70.

The class, entitled “Safer in a Day,” teaches people who work with the public in stressful situations to improve their ability to defend themselves against a sudden assault during the course of their duties.

The instructor for the course is Robert Hamilton, a former Guilford County deputy sheriff, and lead instructor and owner of Hamilton Protective Training Solutions.

Topics to be covered in the class include learning how your primitive survival system acts instinctively to protect you from danger, how to use basic skills to defend yourself, how to manage fear, actions, and decisions, using effective, simple, and gross motor skill-based tactics, and scalable self-defense and control tactics for patients, clients, and students.

According to Hamilton, “Over 65 percent of EMS and fire personnel have stated they have been assaulted in the line of duty. Forty-seven percent of emergency room personnel have been assaulted, and of those attacks, 51 percent harmed patients. Seventy-seven percent of attacks are from patients, with another 5 percent of attacks coming from family members.”

Hamilton continues, “Almost one in three, or 33 percent, of teachers have indicated they have faced violent encounters. Not only do these first responders, healthcare workers, and teachers need to protect themselves, they also need to protect those for whom they’re responsible. Injuries lead to lost workdays and lost income. Most people can’t afford to be injured.”

This course integrates principles and tactics from the SPEAR (Spontaneous Protection Enabling Accelerated Response) System, which has been used by law enforcement and military personnel to protect themselves against sudden assaults. SPEAR Defense utilizes the speed and reliability of the startle-flinch mechanism to convert the human body’s natural response to a sudden attack into a tactical response.

To register for the class, visit If you have further questions about this opportunity, contact Dr. Douglas Underwood, Director of Yadkin Center/Director of Emergency Medical Programs at (336) 386-3584 or, or contact Robert Hamilton, Lead Instructor and owner of Hamilton Protective Services, at or (336) 392-1695.

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