There are times when first responders find themselves in dangerous situations. It is not always the police that show up first to a scene. When first responders are the first to show up it can leave the scene unsecured which poses more danger to responders who are trying to sort through the conflict and drama of an emergency situation. It’s for this reason that first responders are trying to seek some protection by being allowed to carry to the scene and legislators in Louisiana are trying to make that happen.
“If something were to happen I’d like for them to be able to protect themselves,” Rep. Bagley said. “It’s as simple as that. I’m more concerned with the ones that go into areas where they’re possibly attacked for no good reason. Or they’re trying to get in or out and someone else decides that they don’t want that to happen.”
If a law like this were to be passed, First Responders would be required to be qualified to carry through Louisiana’s Council on Peace Officer Standards and Training. To be clear, they would not be sworn officers of the law but if they happen to find themselves in a developing situation, they trained to work with sworn law officers entering the scene. Louisiana First Responders require the ability to defend themselves if attacked.