Times are getting worse and we as firefighters have been faced with many dangers over the years. As some may remember, a firefighter was shot and killed as he was getting off the engine last year! While this made national news, I'm sure it happens more often than reported in the headlines. At my department we're close with the sherriff department and we look out for each other! But we recently had an inccident where there was a domestic dispute and it was stated that the assailant was armed but he was gone. He did leave, but he came back and the sherriff was still enroute. Even though we were suggested to stage the rescue and Batt chief went in to help! After a few uneasy moments the sherriff showed up and everything turned out ok! Do you think that at least one person, like an officer, should carry a gun as a last resort defense?
I don't know, there are calls that we have responed to and been shot at. Also, we go into areas that are potentialy filled with dangerous wildlife. I would say it would be up to the discretion of the chief officers. If they feel that the person carrying will be able to make good judgment or be dangerous. This is way to contorversial for me to say yes or no either way.
Absolutely not!! We start carrying firearms the public opinion of LEO's will be the same opinion that express towards us. Do FF's get into situations where their life is at a higher risk due to armed or violent people in the area? Yes but don't kid yourself and think that would lessen if we started carrying firearms. Personally, I think the situations would increase dramatically.