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    Post Take your medicine....sez Maryland county!

    Montgomery County issues antibiotics to all firefighters


    (Rockville-AP) -- Montgomery County has become the first
    jurisdiction in the area -- and possibly the country -- to issue
    protective antibiotics to all its firefighters and rescue workers.
    More than two-thousand career and volunteer firefighters are
    getting two bottles each of antibiotic pills. One is to be kept at
    the fire house and the other at home -- to be used only on orders
    from county officials if there is a bioterror attack.
    The county's fire and rescue administrator says firefighters and
    paramedics will be the first people in contact with victims of a
    biological attack. He says it would be impractical to first
    distribute medicine to rescue workers at the time of an attack.


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    Montgomery County would be the first county to do this. They have the resouces and they are right next to DC, so it makes sense. I wonder if they have a program to follow up the initial distribution to make sure that the expiration dates and such are tracked and that the stock is kept up to date?
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    Wow! Someone finally recognizing that we are the "first line" of response in the war or terrorism at home! Now if they only follow things up correctly....
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    It is about time that someone has recognized that the Fire Service is as Cap Gonzo put it "The First Line of response at home. But merely passing out pills is only the first step.

    That needs to be followed up with more funding and adequate training so that the fire departments are fully prepared. Let us hope that other states will follow suit and recognize that we have to spend some of those billions here at home to protect our First Line
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