The fire extinguisher is not just for show
and if they can't perform to the standards you have, they have no business being in the hot zone.... or the warm zone.... they should stay in the cold zone, and let the cops bring the injured to them. Maybe not to your standards (esp since I think you said you go above and beyond the requirements), but to the standards that are applied to everyone on the team. This we totally agree on.If they want to carry ET tubes and been all paramedic AF after they qualify and prove precision like i have to, welcome to the team pal. but if you cant perform to the standards we have to I don't want you having a firearm.
sure.... if you want a poorly trained EMT or paramedic, who does it very rarely, barely trains in EMS, and does EMS on the side when needed (maybe once or twice a year), sure. Nothing against you personally (since you are on the ambulance once a week), but if a cop (or firefighter, or anyone for that matter) isn't on an ambulance on a regular basis, how sharp are his skills? BTW, we have the same issue with career firefighters who have issues taking manual blood pressures reliably, performing accurate patient assessments, or who have never spent more than three ride along shifts in EMT class as an observer actually being with the patient to the ambulance when they go to the hospital...But that's a topic for another day...Also logically speaking.... wouldn't it be easier to take somebody who's already on the team, and already an EMT, send them to a hospital for a week to master needle decomps, and then have them stay on the team? instead of training somebody all of the tactics, fatal funnels, firearm proficiency, callsigns and signals, and everything else that goes along with a team?
Bottom line is I won't want my life to get jeopardized because I'm going into a warm or hot zone with a bunch of armed cops, who are armed for a reason, usually to keep themselves alive (often by taking out the bad guy), but I'm not allowed be carry a firearm despite being exposed to the same threats that they are.I FULLY AGREE there should be paramedics waiting in the cold zone, hell there should probably be multiple ambulances there along with said medics as well. Bottom line is i just don't want my life to get jeopardized because i have to babysit some paramedic that wanted to be cool so he got tactical written on his vest.