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How has the policy been received by the public? (media reports, etc.)

Sunday, December 4, 2016 - 11:29am

Depending on the source, there have been greatly mixed reviews on this topic, even from within the Fire/EMS profession. While some feel that this is a great way for paramedics and EMTs to make their job safer, many also feel that the risks of bringing firearms into a profession where its providers are taught to "first, do no harm" is counterproductive and even dangerous. 

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How does (or doesn’t) the policy address vulnerable populations?

Sunday, December 4, 2016 - 11:22am

This policy doesn't directly address vulnerable populations. 

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How does the policy address matters of public health?

Sunday, December 4, 2016 - 11:21am

This policy addresses matters of public health by allowing first responders to carry concealed weapons on EMS/Fire to protect themselves in a location where law enforcement response times can be prohibitively lengthy, causing unacceptable delays in patient care or scene managment. 

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Describe the history of the policy. Was it created in response to or to support existing policy or legislation?

Sunday, December 4, 2016 - 11:18am

In recent years all over the country, there has been an increase in the targeting of EMS and fire professionals in violant crimes, a few of which this article goes into detail describing. More recently, buget cuts have reduced the number of available officers in the response area served by the Bethel Township Fire Department, preventing law enforcement to be able to respond to calls in a timely manner. This puts Fire/EMS providers at heightened risk. 

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Who does the policy apply to? (i.e. residents of California, globally, physicians)

Sunday, December 4, 2016 - 11:14am

This policy applies specifically to FFs and EMTs in the  Bethel Township Fire Department who hold State of Ohio concealed carry pistol permits. 

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Who drafted this policy?

Sunday, December 4, 2016 - 11:12am

Thus policy is department specific, and while the article does not expressly state it, it was likely drafted and put into place by the Bethel Township Fire Department. 

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What is the policy and what does it aim to achieve?

Sunday, December 4, 2016 - 11:10am

This policy aims to provide a measure of safety and comfort for Ohio EMS providers and firefighters who have to deal with the implications of major cutbacks in law enforcement funding. 

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