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Securing Dangerous Weapons Sample Policy for Fire Deparments

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Reviewed Date: January 03, 2019

Original Author: 
Wolf, Dennis
Date Created: 
Apr 4, 2013


Subjects:
Weapons
Fire--Administration--Tennessee

Securing Dangerous Weapons Sample Policy for Fire Deparments

Summary: 
This sample policy provides guidelines on how a fire department might address a situation where a person carrying a dangerous weapon, such as a firearm, requires medical treatment and/or transport.


Chief Smokey Sparks
Anytown Fire Department
123 Main Street
Firesafe, Tennessee 1234-5678

June 30, 2017

Dear Chief Sparks,

You asked for guidelines on how your fire department might address a situation where a person carrying a dangerous weapon, such as a firearm, requires medical treatment and/or transport. Your concern is the increasing likelihood that fire department personnel will encounter a person with a handgun permit carrying a firearm and you want to ensure that fire personnel have guidelines to follow to establish and maintain scene safety for everyone involved.

I have attached a draft policy that addresses your concerns. Ideally, fire department personnel should not handle or accept custody of a patient’s weapon. It is not possible to foresee every situation, and some medical situations are critical and require the provision of care and/or transport before law enforcement arrives. The attached sample policy provides guidelines for fire department personnel.

The sample policy is a template. Adjust the provisions of the policy to meet local needs but do not adjust any portion of the policy that would result in a violation of state or federal law.

Before adopting a policy on securing dangerous weapons, consult with local law enforcement leaders on the contents of the policy to confirm that the fire department policy dovetails with any law enforcement policies.

Sincerely,

Dennis Wolf
Fire Management Consultant
UT-MTAS

 


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