Firefighters and EMS workers are often the first responders to emergencies of all kind, putting themselves in danger not only from the circumstances they’re responding to, but also too often, the people they encounter as well.
According to this story from emsworld.com, concealed carry laws that would allow EMS and firefighters to legally carry on the job have been proposed in Texas, Kansas, Georgia, Florida, and New York—specifically because they are increasingly being targeted while trying to save lives and property.
The story says that first responders may soon have to make a decision about whether or not to carry, and it also provides some tips for dealing with guns on the job.
First, it warns first responders to never let carrying a concealed firearm lull them into a false sense of security, and to not approach a scene differently because they or their partner are carrying.
It also advises to treat a firearm like any other tool and to only use it when it makes sense to do so. “An analogy is how flight crews use night vision goggles. Smart flight crews never use goggles to fly into situations they wouldn’t fly into without goggles. The goggles are an assist.”
The article also advises any first responders who intend to carry to get some training.
"Being licensed to carry while on a call or doing a fire department function is no different than having the need to carry while you're a private citizen at home," said Jimmy Rogers, a volunteer firefighter in Waco. "Those unfortunate situations can arise at any time, even on fire calls. Even during a fire call, there's sometimes a heightened threat there."