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Watch this Oscar-Nominated Film at Your Next EMS Training

As a parent I believe my number one job is to keep my kids safe. What that means for me in central Wisconsin is a world apart for what it means for a father trying to keep his kids safe by escaping the ravages of war in Syria.

“4.1 Miles,” an Oscar-nominated documentary short film, shows the magnitude of the Syrian refugee crisis through the at sea rescues made by a Greek Coast Guard captain and his crew. The film, named for the four-mile span of the Greek sea between Turkey and the small Greek island of Lesbos, shows rescues of dozens of Syrian migrants who have risked their lives and likely all of their treasure to attempt the dangerous open water crossing.

Watch the 20-minute film while waiting for your next call or in an EMT class or company training activity. Daphne Matziaraki concludes the film with the grim statistic that 600,000 migrants are believed to have attempted crossing this span in 2015 and 2016.

Watch the film on EMS1 and read my takeaways for EMS providers and add your own in the comments.

What EMS providers can learn from Greek Coast Guard documentary  

By Greg Friese

Greg Friese, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, is an author, educator, paramedic, and marathon runner.

Greg was the co-host of the award winning EMSEduCast podcast, the only podcast by and for EMS educators. Greg has written for,, Wilderness Medical Associates, JEMS Magazine, and EMS World Magazine, and the NAEMSE Educator Newsletter.