The fire extinguisher is not just for show
sure... if you end up in a fistfight and chose to use lethal force, that's not going to look good. what if the individual shows up armed with a bat? or knife? or firearm? and he planned to use it on you because you were the wrong skin color (making up a situation that you can't talk your way out of)I could not bring myself to use a weapon against an individual who essentially showed up for a fistfight.
Apparently, you worked in either a slow area, a very nice area, or had a short career, because I know plenty of EMS personnel who were assaulted on the job, some with career ending injuries. There are multiple documented occurrences. Or maybe you just got lucky during your career.The only PT that ever planted an effective impact on me was a left hook to the jaw while we were lowering the Model-30 gurney. It's pretty difficult to protect yourself while occupied with a handful of stretcher.
So.... jails and some mental health facilities are "secure" facilities. no one carries firearms in the doors, including LEOs. there is no reason why an armed EMS worker couldn't secure their firearm just like a LEO. The same legal exception for PD could be made for EMS in a court house (and i think that's more policy than law, but I could be wrong). and Gun free zones..... well, freel free to educate yourself on gun free zones: Most Mass Shootings Happen In Gun Free ZonesIt finally became a matter of deciding that, because we went into areas like courthouses, jails, mental health facilities, and "gun-free" zones, the firearm would be a liability.
I think you need to look up the definition of liability, because you definitely aren't using it well.