Recently the State Congress of Colorado has hesitated in their passing of a law that would afford EMTs and Paramedics the same legal protections as police and firefighters against assaults. In the eyes of the State Congress of Colorado although we respond together to the same calls we are not equal in deserving protection against violence.
Rogue Medic has a post on the same topic where he asks Why is it a Less Serious Crime to Assault EMS, than Other Emergency Responders? I thinks it’s a darn good question, and one that needs to be answered not only by Colorado but by every other state and municipality that treats assaults on ANY First Responder differently than on any OTHER First Responder. This includes New York City itself which let’s Assistant District Attorney’s who maul EMTs off the hook with a wink and a nod… Crooklyn indeed.
The irony that this inequality is coming from the state that legalized marijuana and could possible depend more and more on their EMTs and Paramedics to rescue the pot-driven-mad is not lost on me. The fact that the 1990s book The Knife and Gun Club: Scenes from an Emergency Room provided a candid, realistic, and graphic view into Denver General Hospital’s Paramedic Division and it’s Emergency Room is also not lost on me. What is lost on me is why are we continually going through this?
You know that whole FEMA recommendation that EMS be sent into warm zones and what not during active shooters? Maybe we’ll consider that when they take our demand to treat violence against us the same as they would any other public servant or first responder. Until then I’ll be staging in the back… in the waaaaaaayyyyy back.