I read on Paramedics on Facebook something about EMT’s and Medics now being able to carry guns as part of their equipment here in the US. The person who wrote the post may have been referring to a 2013 article in JEMS, where in Bethel Township, Ohio a program was launched allowing first responders to arm themselves.
Having spent nearly 25 years in Providence, RI as a firefighter medic, and having responded to thousands of violent incidents involving firearms I figured I would weigh in:
“That’s me firing a gun in the Green Mountains of Vermont, a great place to shoot and carry. The ambulance is the WORST place to carry! Arming medics is absurd here in the Northeast, no good will come of it. Need two hands to treat patients, and that is what we need to focus on. Trust the police, and let them carry the guns and have our backs.”