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Allison G. S. Knox

Passionate about the issues affecting ambulances and disaster management, Allison focuses on Emergency Management and Emergency Medical Services policy. Allison has taught at the undergraduate level since 2010. Prior to teaching, she worked in a level-one trauma center emergency department and for a member of congress in Washington, D.C. She holds four Master’s degrees in Emergency Management, National Security Studies, International Relations, History, a Graduate Certificate in Homeland Security and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. She is also trained in Technical Large Animal Emergency Rescue, is an Emergency Medical Technician, Lifeguard and a Lifeguard Instructor. She serves on the Board of Trustees for Pi Gamma Mu International Honor Society, Vice Chair of the Tactical Emergency Medical Support Committee with the International Public Safety Association, the Advocacy Committee with the National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians and also serves as the Advocacy Coordinator of Virginia for the National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians.

The Continued Danger of Christmas Tree Fires

The holiday season is upon us, and – among the fun – it's vital that every person educates themselves on how to prevent tragic Christmas tree fires.

Private Firefighters and Raising First Responders' Salaries

If there were more for-profit firefighting organizations, they might eventually influence the wage structures of public first responders in positive way.

Change the Job Descriptions and Salaries of 911 Operators

Many Americans don't have a solid understanding of what 911 professionals do during their careers, and that contributes to a salary problem for dispatchers.

The Importance of Swift Water Rescue Teams

With the increasing frequency and severity of flood events and water-related emergencies over the past few years, swift-water rescue teams are vital.

Controlling Public Information after Mass Shootings

Mass shootings: Certain facts should not be released to media sources – including the tactics and weapons used in a mass assault situation.

Pittsburgh Synagogue Shooting Shows Need for TEMS Teams

Tactical Emergency Medical Support (TEMS) teams are a critical component of any emergency response – especially mass shootings.

Resiliency Helps Communities Recover after Mass Casualty Incidents

Mass casualty incidents and the ensuing chaos are complicated to manage. There needs to be a definite correlation between what resources are available and the seriousness of the injuries.

National EMS Memorial to Honor First Responders

On Oct. 12, the Senate adopted a House bill authorizing the creation of a national EMS memorial that will honor the sacrifices of first responders.

Treating Mental Health in Public Safety Starts Locally

Getting mental health treatments to local first responders is a complex issue and will not be as easy as offering services at the national level for returning servicemembers.

Ferry Disaster Reminds Us of Need for Safety Policies

Policies that prevent ferries and other vessels from overloading passengers are important because they set standards that operators generally follow.