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I volunteered with Red Cross for years working disasters on the east coast and gulf areas. I started in 63 while in high school and was able to deploy when I got older and retired in 03.
Yes, I did wear body armor and also carried a weapon. It was very dangerous not to. Against all Red Cross rules, but it kept me alive and that is the only think I care about is myself and my team coming home alive. Not just bad guys, snakes, gators, wild animals ect.
I no longer work with Red Cross since I moved to the PNW.
Best Regards,