The long awaited Final Stage of implementing new EMS Regulations in Virginia is at hand!
Ever since VCDL's President called the State Office of EMS about this, they have stated that they "do not enforce" this section of the Regulations. Now is when it officially gets erased from the Virginia Administrative Code.
The new 12VAC5-31-700 removes this silly item:
The actual regulation can be found here:6. Possession of a firearm, weapon, or explosive or incendiary device on any EMS vehicle is prohibited, except:
a. A sworn law-enforcement officer authorized to carry a concealed weapon pursuant to § 18.2-308 of the Code of Virginia.
b. Any rescue line gun or other rescue device powered by an explosive charge carried on a nontransport response vehicle.
The place to go, to make comments in support of this move (even if you're not in EMS, or live out of state), is:
Click on "Enter a comment" to get started.
Thanks for helping what should be a "done deal!"