At­tacks on medics has union call­ing for pro­tec­tive vests

The Washington Times Daily - - METRO -

Bal­ti­more medics are ask­ing to be equipped with pro­tec­tive vests, say­ing they fear for their safety af­ter re­cent at­tacks on re­spon­ders.

Rick Hoff­man, pres­i­dent of the lo­cal fire­fight­ers’ and EMS union, said there have been 13 at­tacks on EMS work­ers over the past two years.

This past week­end, a fire com­man­der was shot while of­fer­ing aid to a man.

Mr. Hoff­man says he es­ti­mates the vests, to pro­tect medics’ vi­tal or­gans from gun­shots and sharp ob­jects, could be pur­chased for about $100,000.

He said medics of­ten ar­rive at crime scenes be­fore po­lice.

Bal­ti­more Mayor Cather­ine Pugh says she has no ev­i­dence to in­di­cate an in­crease in at­tacks on medics.

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