Originally Posted by DeeKay21
I just heard about this situation and I know it sounds bad but I was waiting for this to happen somewhere in the states. Luckily our LE officers respond to all medical calls so 80%
of the time we have a cop or 2 on scene with us just for safety reasons but most other cities dont do that. Do I see FF's and EMT's carrying firearms or tazers in the future?...its very possible
!!....but being a FF do I want to?....no not really, thats what LE is for.
I pray that these 4 make it out safe.
Where I live, we have the sheriff, city and campus police, county and city fire departments, and of course hospital ambulances. I would like to see officers and deputies respond to medical calls more often. (Including car accidents, heart attacks, falls, ect). They can at least calm the person down.
As I understand it, they only respond if they have some more medical training than most of the LEO's(Not many..) and if it is absolutely necessary for the patient to have care ASAP, and if the LEO is in close distance.
Not exactly related to what you are talking about.. but just thought I would put that out there.
Regarding firefighters carrying tazers, or firearms I don't think that should/could happen. If they are going into a fire, its a huge risk of the tazer or firearm going off.
EMT's are a different story I think.