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Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
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Virginia Department of Health
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State Board of Health
chapter
Virginia Emergency Medical Services Regulations [12 VAC 5 ‑ 31]
Action Amend current regulations to include new regulations as a result of legislative changes and changes in the practice of EMS.
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Comment Period Ends 10/9/2012
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9/13/12  8:56 am
Commenter: Dave Aronson, citizen

Let EMS defend themselves
 

Please respect the right of EMS personnel to defend themselves, including having proper tools for the purpose (i.e., weapons).  They are often called into dangerous situations involving criminals or wild animals, often before armed authorities (police/sheriff or animal control) have time to arrive, let alone get the scene under control.  Of all people, those who thus endanger themselves in order to save others' lives, should not be deprived of their ability to defend themselves against present threats.