I'm curious to see how this is going to turn out. I've never really thought about doing a rig just from a medic standpoint, but I would think that with the ideas for pouches you have it will be a badass setup and between the PC and your med bag on your back I would think you could work mobile and independent from your ambulance for a good while.
Is your agency giving any support to preparing for an active shooter type scenario by thinking about armor for their responders?
Fuck to the no.
I am regarded as a "Tackleberry" (from the Police Academy series for those who are younger than me) of sorts sometimes, depending on who I work with. 99% of my coworkers (while they're mostly good people) are sheep. Crazy, I know.
I work a 4 on, 4 off schedule, in line with the PD. As such, I work with the same officers day in and day out. There's 2 officers I work with that are switched on individuals (both ex-military), but that's it. They get the concepts and my reasonings for doing things and having certain gear. I've given them IFAKs to carry. They're big into training, just like me.
Not too long ago, I was sent to a call for someone with "Altered Mental Status", IE not acting right. As soon as I arrived on scene, without yet making patient contact, I hear the call go out for 2 gunshot victims. I'm the closest unit so I tell HQ that I've got a kit in the truck for that, and I'll be taking the job, and to send another truck to my current assignment.
My phone immediately blew up with accusations of being a "whacker" etc, but I feel that I did the right thing. The victims had expired by the time I arrived, but it is what it is.
What doesn't help is that this is NJ. For example, LE in other states would have active shooter gear w/ extra mags and ammo, in a bag or vest. That is essentially non-existent in NJ. Just across the river in PA, I know guys whose EMS agencies have TCCC active shooter medkits w/ armor for the crew as well. http://www.montgomer...wmode=fullstory
So it's totally area dependent.
The agency I work for is responsible for a 25 sq mile area, 100,000 pop, 24 schools, 1 shopping mall, many smaller shopping centers and plazas, etc. It's a very target rich environment. I've been telling anyone that's willing to listen that an active shooter incident or other terrorist type event will happen at some point. It's one of those when, not if it happens type of things.
With that in mind, I'm doing my part to be as prepared as I can, because I know 99% of the EMS personnel in town aren't. 99% of the PD is content to carry their gun and 2 spare mags. 99% of them also think the gun is a dead weight on their hip and don't shoot, ever. 99% of them don't bother drawing out any long guns to carry either. The FD in town is pretty much excluded from all active shooter planning and drills for some reason.
We ran an active shooter drill at the mall a few months ago. 911 call came into HQ, SWAT rolls out, neutralizes the shooter, then EMS is cleared to go in. EMS participation consisted of throwing a piece of gauze to participants. No real training value for EMS there, and zero presence from the FD. The whole Rescue Task Force concept would get laughed at in my town.
For those who don't know, Rescue Task Force is something that was developed by the Arlington County FD in VA. It's essentially a fire team (4 people) consisting of 2 cops who are responsible for front/rear security, and 2 medical personnel. The cops do nothing but babysit and make sure everyone's safe. The medical personnel only worry about patient care. They would follow behind the contact team (first group of cops whose job is to find and kill the shooter) and render aid to any wounded that they encounter.
When I'm working, I do what I can to educate my coworkers on TCCC type stuff, if they're willing to listen. I love my job and the town I'm in, but unfortunately, it's going to take someone getting hurt or killed in an incident for things to change. Setting up this vest is my way of trying to mitigate that.
Once I make the switch to the PD side (hopefully this summer), I'm going to continue doing what I can to be prepared. I don't mind the name calling or the being made fun of, because one day, when the stuff has to get used, it's all going to be worth it if it saves someone's life.
Edited by Jersey0311, 25 December 2013 - 12:01 AM.