'Tactical Paramedics' could be armed in Tuscaloosa

      {}{}{}{} When the shooter opened fire, hitting 17 people at the Copper Top bar last July, as always Tuscaloosa Paramedics had to wait a moment before going in."...on the perimeter, the patients that were injured would have to remain untreated until police officers could secure the scene,"says Fire and Rescue Chief Alan Martin.

      {}{}{}{} During a legislative breakfast unveiling the city's wish list, Martin asked lawmakers to give paramedics permission to carry guns into active shooting situations.{} "Our paramedics that would be going in with the police could protect themselves," he said.

      {}{}{}{} Tuscaloosa leaders say it also means help{}could get to potential victims{}much faster.{} Six{}city paramedics currently have tactical training skills with police.{} But, since they can not carry a weapon, they're not part of what's called entry teams.{} Given school shootings across the country, some people don't mind 'armed paramedics. "I think they should be given immunity like police because if it happened to one of my kids I would want to know they were able to be taken care of quicker," says Latisha Dalton.

      {}{}{}{} Martin added, "All of the paramedics would have to still go through A-Post training and certification.{} It would be certification that's not equivalent to certification of Police officers but yet certification to assure they have the ability to carry the firearm"

      {}{}{}{} "I'm a firm believer in the second amendment and my rights to bear arms and paramedics should have the right to be safe," said Holly Poole.