Jusme wrote:TreyHouston wrote:I hear on the MSM (scary news) that first responders have and are being targeted. Although not often, they are. Also, yall are put in some pretty shady situations. IMO, I support this 100%.
They are targeted, sometimes they are the first on the scene of a domestic disturbance and someone will shoot at the first set of flashing lights they see. Firefighters have been specifically targeted in places like Detroit when arsonists would set fire to buildings and shoot at the responding firefighters. Although I was too young to remember, I read that the same thing happened in LA during the Watts riots. Not to mention, almost any time they are called there may be people who are combative, armed, and mentally imbalanced, who pose a direct threat to their safety. Being able to be armed, for first responders is, to me,a no brainer. JMHO
Regardless of my dispatch information, when arriving on scene I scan for threats. This can be persons, large and small animals, terrain, etc. I also try to asses for egress with cover or concealment and remind myself to grab my mobile radio. Hopefully the signal reaches a repeater because many areas where we operate are dark zones for cell coverage. Kinda sucks we have to consider this in EMS but it is reality.
I encourage anyone to contact your local EMS provider and request a citizen ride along. Many folks have no idea the scope of practice a paramedic based agency is capable of.
Thanks for the support!