Training programs would be done through police academies. Once certified, the paramedic or EMT would be automatically qualified to carry concealed weapons, even without obtaining a CCW permit.
Retherford described the training requirements as “pretty extensive.” And he said it would be a “permissive” program so paramedics and SWAT teams would choose whether to participate.
Prosser said eventually he would like to see a law passed that allows paramedics and EMTs to carry firearms while on regular duty. He said it is not uncommon for paramedics to be threatened or assaulted while out on medical runs.
“We have no way to defend ourselves, other than our bare hands,” he said.