View Full Version : State of emergency/terrorist incident PHOTO ID BADGES?
Tonight at drill my capt. informs us all that there will be a photographer coming to take out pics for photo ID badges.
I asked why I need photo ID badges when I have a station membership card as well as an EMS ID/badge from the state.
She said it's so that in case of a terrorist incident or state of emergecy, I can have clearence to get into the scene.
Anyone heard of this before?
Where I work FT and PT we have Photo ID's issued by the county. One is as a County Paramedic, the other is as a Town Firefighter. In states of emergency this ID allows me to go pretty much where I want when I want. IE our county was closed yast year for about five days after the Hurricane hit. There was a checkpoint just before the far side of the bridge, and unless you worked for NC Power, were a cop, a firefighter or a medic, you didn't get in. Then every town had a checkpoint to keep those that didn't evacuate from being able to loot, etc.
Over all, they are a pretty good idea.
Same here - All Public Safety (Fire / EMS) personnel are required to have a County Public Safety Picture ID Card/Tag.
The same reasoning was given - these will be our "All Access Pass" in the event of "The Big One".
Yup...about the same here. Our county just issued these, but they're taking it a step further. Now on ALL Fire/EMS scenes in the county if you do not have one of these visible, you can be thrown off scene. I'm not sure why they're going quite that far, but I guess it works.
As for why they are doing it, I've heard it's because of what happened on 9/11.
People were coming out of the woodwork with fake badges (NYPD, EMS, NYFD, etc) and claiming to be who they were not just to feel important I guess.
Anywho...this is what I was told...plus you don't want a terrorist poking around the scene now do you?;b
This is most deffinately a terrorist related issue. I work security in a Nuke plant and at the main gate we have photo ID's of all the potential responders to our place. If your pic aint there you don't get access...
It is for scene control and a good idea for security and safety purposes.
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