“Waco Fire Chief Bobby Tatum, said he’s adamantly opposed to firefighters carrying guns on duty,” wacotrib.com reports. “’I would be in favor of leaving guns in the hands of police officers,’ Tatum said. ‘We have a specific mission to save lives and property, and I think carrying a firearm would cross the line in that regard.'” Yes well . . .
Sometimes first responders don’t know a violent threat is at the scene until they arrive, said Jimmy Rogers, a Robinson volunteer firefighter and city council member . . . Rogers said he supports first responders carrying as long as they are licensed.
“Being licensed to carry while on a call or doing a fire department function is no different than having the need to carry while you’re a private citizen at home,” he said. “Those unfortunate situations can arise at any time, even on fire calls. Even during a fire call, there’s sometimes a heightened threat there.”
What do you think? Should EMTs and firefighters be allowed to carry on the job?