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Responders weigh pros and cons of being armed

In the wake of violence against responders, firefighters and paramedics discuss if being armed is worth it


COLUMBUS, Ohio - The cases of people firing on emergency crews are adding up.

  • A paramedic in Fort Wayne, Ind. was injured by bullet fragments when someone fired 17 rounds into his ambulance.
  • In Houston four bullets struck an ambulance.
  • In March 2011, a gunman opened fire on first responders before police killed the suspect.

Recently in upstate New York, a man ambushes firefighters, killing two of them, as they arrived to battle a fire. Many wonder if those trained to save lives should also be armed.

Full story: Paramedics, Firefighters Weigh Pros And Cons Of Being Armed On The Job

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Alan W. Rose Alan W. Rose Friday, January 04, 2013 7:58:40 AM , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
Juan Garcia Juan Garcia Saturday, January 05, 2013 12:16:03 AM totally for it.
Chip Duboise Chip Duboise Saturday, January 05, 2013 8:49:48 AM I'm not going to say medics need a firearm. I will say that we need "Something" to protect ourselves. Ballistic vests are a great idea...however, it can't be the only answer. I'm a concealed carrier and a medic. I can't carry my gun on the job. But I do walk into strange and dangerous situations every day that make me wish I had my sidearm to clear the next room. Example: walking through a house trying to find a suicidal patient and the police say, " The scene is safe." because they cleared the room and are now standing on the porch waiting for the medic to load up this guy so they can get on with their day. Then you find the patient sitting on the edge of the bed with a shotgun pointed at you. I have found that the police thought of scene safety and EMS thoughts are not always on the same line. Again..not saying guns are the answer. But we need something.
Harold Marable Harold Marable Saturday, January 05, 2013 8:53:39 AM I will say it You need to be armed police can't be every where
Chip Duboise Chip Duboise Saturday, January 05, 2013 8:56:14 AM Didn't intend for that to come out as a police bashing thing. I couldn't imagine parts of my job without them. You are right. They can't be everywhere.
Bradley-Hilary Chunn Bradley-Hilary Chunn Saturday, January 05, 2013 2:53:32 PM I couldn't agree more! Brad has told me several stories that take my breath away hearing. How many more close encounters have to happen before someone does something to protect y'all!

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