Are there any fire departments in our country who are allowing their Battalion Chiefs and/or Captains to wear concealed firearms while on duty and responding to EMS scenes or other emergencies? If so, what are the policies and the degree of liability coverage that is carried?
Chief Fire Marshal
Irmo Fire District
Good afternoon all,
This is a 3 year old post but want to activate the subject.
Someone sent me the above recently. Have not followed the Texas House Bill 435 but can guess status.
I'm not from the EMS arena but have similar "concerns".
Ref Chief Allen's question on liability coverage and amount limits; That's determined by what the political subdivision purchases, whether it's Houston FD, small county, Wyoming, etc.
I contributed to the new (Jan 2016) FEMA CERT liability guide. I use the term "scary" in the few times I lecture on CERT Responder liability. My wife uses the expression "Don't participate in this".
A couple of senior colleagues - we're all retired now - told me to stay healthy and stay tuned in because major changes are pending.
I'm not into handguns but am into completing the response and pigging out at one of our favorite restaurants without a gsw. GSW = gunshot wound. ... and worse.
Attend the local meetings !
Hurricane Alley, Virginia