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by parabelum
Fri Sep 01, 2017 8:43 am
Forum: General Texas CHL Discussion
Topic: HB435 Emergency Services Personnel
Replies: 65
Views: 5727

Re: HB435 Emergency Services Personnel

I think it would help your defense greatly if you are actually in a volunteer emergency service (VFD, CERT..), but as it is written just about anyone would fall under that definition.

This bill is a great victory for 2A in TX. Let's just hope we don't have Mr. CPR card walking into 06/07 location with his rig trying to make his case...
by parabelum
Fri Jun 09, 2017 11:54 am
Forum: General Texas CHL Discussion
Topic: HB435 Emergency Services Personnel
Replies: 65
Views: 5727

Re: HB435 Emergency Services Personnel

SRO1911 wrote:Join your local VFD, legitimate way to serve your community, excellent training, occasionally fun, occasionally terrifying.

:iagree:

You will be not only helping out your community, but you'll also receive valuable training and certification in Fire/EMS. Getting pass the 06/07 signs is just an added bonus.

If you are older and/or unable to run calls, many departments would love to have your help at the administrative end.
by parabelum
Wed Jun 07, 2017 12:43 pm
Forum: General Texas CHL Discussion
Topic: HB435 Emergency Services Personnel
Replies: 65
Views: 5727

Re: HB435 Emergency Services Personnel

Papa_Tiger wrote:
TreyHouston wrote:
parabelum wrote:It was sent to Gov. for signing on 5/30. Does anyone have an update? I can't seem to find anything after 5/30.
There isn't any press on this anywhere! If not read on this forum, I don't think anyone would even know about this! Very odd. Perhaps a hush hush kinda thing?
The best place to go for info is the TLO site:
http://www.legis.state.tx.us/

You can search for the bill by using the "Search Legislation" box in the middle of your screen. Just make sure that the "Legislature" box is set to 85(R) - 2017 and that the "Bill Number" radio button is selected.

By default, it will take you to the history tab which gives the most recent information on the bill. If you want to see a graphic of the process, go to the "Bill Stages" tab.

Voila! You know exactly as much as everyone else does, and I've taught a man to fish!

If the Governor doesn't veto it, HB435 will become law on June 18, 2017 with an effective date of September 1, 2017.
Thank you sir. :tiphat:
by parabelum
Wed Jun 07, 2017 10:33 am
Forum: General Texas CHL Discussion
Topic: HB435 Emergency Services Personnel
Replies: 65
Views: 5727

Re: HB435 Emergency Services Personnel

It was sent to Gov. for signing on 5/30. Does anyone have an update? I can't seem to find anything after 5/30.
by parabelum
Tue May 30, 2017 12:25 pm
Forum: General Texas CHL Discussion
Topic: HB435 Emergency Services Personnel
Replies: 65
Views: 5727

Re: HB435 Emergency Services Personnel

locke_n_load wrote:
parabelum wrote:Many of folks on my dept. are paid guys who volunteer. Exception is that some (Fort Worth FD comes to mind) paid depts. frown on volunteering...

Surely a fully certified ff/emt would easily fall under that broad "any" definition, no? If I'm a paid guy, there could always be a situation where my skills warrant for me to stop and render aid (mva, sick person in that restaurant that has 06/07 sign, or a movie theater posted...someone could have a tia there etc.).

Read 773.003 closely. Note how broad it actually is. So, if I am a paid guy, it is not unreasonable then for me to expect to have to volunteer my service to save or assist someone at some point, right? As a professional firefighter, I am always on the lookout for someone who might need my help. De facto volunteer. Always.

Also, while paid ff/ems workers are not included explicitly, note that they are also not excluded.
That's what I would think, just strange that they specifically called out "volunteers". I think a ton of people could fall under that very broad definition of "any...".

I know. It is wierd through my non lawyer eyes. I can only speculate that SFFMA maybe had some input, as this State is pressured by IAFF continuously to be all paid. So, an extra incentive for volunteers? I don't know. Just thinking out loud.
by parabelum
Tue May 30, 2017 12:21 pm
Forum: General Texas CHL Discussion
Topic: HB435 Emergency Services Personnel
Replies: 65
Views: 5727

Re: HB435 Emergency Services Personnel

Also, anyone can go to SFFMA and for $30/year become a member. You don't have to be affiliated with a dept. if you are paid guy, you are at least tcfp basic ff. Submit your app to SFFMA and you become "certified ff2" through SFFMA, a volunteer ff association.

That's just another option.
by parabelum
Tue May 30, 2017 12:08 pm
Forum: General Texas CHL Discussion
Topic: HB435 Emergency Services Personnel
Replies: 65
Views: 5727

Re: HB435 Emergency Services Personnel

Many of folks on my dept. are paid guys who volunteer. Exception is that some (Fort Worth FD comes to mind) paid depts. frown on volunteering...

Surely a fully certified ff/emt would easily fall under that broad "any" definition, no? If I'm a paid guy, there could always be a situation where my skills warrant for me to stop and render aid (mva, sick person in that restaurant that has 06/07 sign, or a movie theater posted...someone could have a tia there etc.).

Read 773.003 closely. Note how broad it actually is. So, if I am a paid guy, it is not unreasonable then for me to expect to have to volunteer my service to save or assist someone at some point, right? As a professional firefighter, I am always on the lookout for someone who might need my help. De facto volunteer. Always.

Also, while paid ff/ems workers are not included explicitly, note that they are also not excluded.
by parabelum
Tue May 30, 2017 11:32 am
Forum: General Texas CHL Discussion
Topic: HB435 Emergency Services Personnel
Replies: 65
Views: 5727

Re: HB435 Emergency Services Personnel

nightmare69 wrote:I don't understand why only volunteers are are allowed to carry and not address the massive majority of full-time firefighters and EMTs who should be allowed to carry anywhere a LEO can while on-duty.
I suspect it's due to paid dept. policy/sop.

I'm not 100% sure, but all major fire/ems depts. around here (north Texas) that are paid, that I know of, have strict no guns allowed while on duty policy.

It's a political spiel you know...

Off-duty however I'd expect them to be covered under this bill as they are all ff/ems certified.

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