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PORTLAND, Ore. - Portland paramedics and EMTs train in self-defense after recent attacks. An increase in violent attacks in the Portland Metro area against paramedics and EMT’s has sparked American Medical Response (AMR) to start training their employees in self-defense.Inside an empty conference room at their Clackamas operations center, EMTs and paramedics with AMR practiced dodging attacks with weapons, blocking punches,  and fighting their way out of the corner of a room before someone could throw them into a wall. “They're trying to knock you out,” said lead paramedic Jeff Birrer, who was leading the class. “So even a predatory fighter is going to throw just...

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