No Vests for You!
- The bosses at the Chicago Fire Department have just issued a particularly stupid and dangerous order:
Chicago paramedics can't protect themselves by wearing bulletproof vests outside their uniform shirts, a policy that makes them all but unwearable.
The city has been lucky in that no paramedic has been shot in the night violence of deadly neighborhoods. But the foolish order from Deputy Fire Department Commissioner John McNicholas is final.
Paramedics pay for their vests out of their own pockets. And still, McNicholas' order stands, the department said on Wednesday.
"So they've given me a direct order, no vest," said Patrick Fitzmaurice, a paramedic field chief who supervises 10 ambulances each night on the ultraviolent West Side, driving alone, many times first to the scene of anger and blood and guns.
Firefighters and paramedics do some thing we wouldn't do on a bet:
- run into burning buildings
- cut out the roof they're standing on
- show up at shooting scenes with no gun and no vest
You can tell this boss must be a pansy of the highest order and probably never worked in the ghetto. How about you negotiate something that looks decent, is easily differentiated from the police vests, and protects your paramedics? Or would that make too much sense?
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