Should EMS and fire personnel be allowed to carry firearms on duty?
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On December 17, 2020, two Arkansas paramedics were shot on duty while treating a patient on scene. Officials say one of the paramedics returned fire, killing the gunman who shot them after an argument. Arming the EMS and fire workforce has been a hot topic of debate.
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- Inside EMS: Is concealed carry a good option for EMS providers? Our co-hosts discuss a new bill that recently passed Virginia's Senate to allow EMS providers the option to conceal carry on the job
- Paramedics want guns on duty. What comes next? If every EMS incident needs a firearm, send the police, but also train paramedics and software to better predict, recognize and respond to violence