Paramedics rushing into high-threat, mass-casualty situations in Florida’s Hillsborough County will be doing so without body armor.
The new protocols, developed by the county to contain the shooter while medics move in to treat those in critical condition, seem to have forgotten the less-than minor detail of providing protection for the healthcare providers.
“It’s not what they signed up for,” IAFF Local 2294 spokesperson Travis Horn stated. “No one is running into an active shooter situation without ballistic protection.”
According to WFLA, a county slide show presentation obtained by the media outlet clearly states that “Fire rescue personnel will not have ballistic protection.”
While the Hillsborough Sheriff’s Office insists that SWAT units would go in before medical personnel, the national office of the International Association of Firefighter indicated it would not back any such plan unless firefighters are properly protected.
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