Yeah, you met him. We all have. You walk into the office and there he is. He’s the EMT with tactical gear on. She’s the cop with a vest ready to conduct CQB in Fallujah. No, they are not on a tactical team that requires “high speed, low drag.” They just wish they were. Or, they are not capable of accurately perceiving the threat level. If you have yet to meet this person, then I have news for you: You are probably them.
Beyond looking crazy, the issues are significant. Often times, this person is the first to run into a situation without properly assessing the danger. Though bravery often calls for going into unsafe conditions, the difference between bravery and stupidity is that the brave person understands the risks and does what they can to mitigate them while getting the job done. This “balls-to-the-wall” behavior without regard for safety is not just putting them at risk, but the whole team who must clean up their mess now.
On top of that, the public perception of one is the perception of all. This is seen time and again. One police officer is a jerk or goes crazy and hurts someone they shouldn’t have. Now, all cops are violent, power hungry gun carriers with a badge. Well, the EMT strapped head to toe tells everyone that all who work with him are psychos ready for war but ended up in the wrong job.
As comical as it can be to watch this Rambo go to work, we have to put an end to it. There is no room for Rambo. By being a public face of safety, we must present ourselves as reasonable, level headed professionals who fully grasp our roles and the dangers associated with them. We cannot go about our day looking like we mean to raid a terrorist safe house when our job is to patrol a city street or to treat sick grandma. One of the indicators of a new guy in EMS is the amount of crap he carries on his belt. The more stuff there, the newer he is. If he isn’t new, then he’s crazy.
Never having been a police officer, I cannot say I can judge an officer’s tenure by the amount of stuff hanging off of him, but I can tell you what I see as a citizen. The officer who shows up and looks like a police officer with a duty belt with weapon, cuffs, etc… and a vest under his shirt with not much else, I feel like he is there to protect and serve. His demeanor will speak from here on out. On the other hand, if the officer shows up with a tactical belt and a combat vest with more stuff on it than I carried on an anti-narcotics operation in the military, I figure he must be on a power trip and there is little his attitude can do to change that perception. He may be the nicest officer in the department, but most won’t see that unfortunately.
All of this is not to say that there is not a time and place to have high speed gear from head to toe. The point is that we must understand what role we are currently in and present ourselves accordingly. Just remember; Rambo was a joke of a movie. Don’t be Rambo.
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