Law enforcement in my neck of the woods is going through some financial difficulties that has led to drastic personnel cutbacks. Often there will be 1 deputy patroling the nearly 100 miles of highway that is unincorperated, and the municipal LEOs absolutely will not leave their areas. We have responded to this by adopting strict guidelines for what to not respond to prior to having a LEO investigate/ secure the scene, regardless of the time it may take for a cop to show up. We don't do domestic violence, ODs, GSWs, suicide attempts, etc. unescorted. That is all fine with me, and has kept us safe so far, but today, we started discussing the possibility of carrying pepper spray on our ambulances. I think that this is a horrible idea. I have always considerred the possibility of someone getting too wild to control while in my care, and I always believed that pulling the ambulance over to the side of the road and getting out to be the best option. I have never had to do this- demeanor, de-escalation and finally restraints, either chemical or physical, have always served me well. But in the back of my mind, bailing out of the ambulance has always been my last ditch tactic. I explained this, and the response was that I'm a big, athletic guy, with some formal martial arts training, but the pepper spray would be for our older, fatter, slower EMTs and paramedics. The pro-pepper spray group agrees that getting the hell out of Dodge is the correct course of action, but they think that the spray would give us the ability to distract someone so that we could get away from a bad situation. I think that it will either a) make running away take longer, or b) make running away very difficult, as both parties will now not be able to see. What do y'all think?