Body armor for firefighters — East Pierce Fire latest to add protection

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As mass shootings become more common, more fire departments are using body armor so crews can more quickly reach people in dangerous situations.

East Pierce Fire & Rescue is the latest local agency to order ballistic vests to better protect its firefighters and paramedics.

Tacoma Fire has used the vests since the 1990s, and West Pierce Fire & Rescue ordered them in 2013.

“It is an emerging trend,” said Joe Meineke, spokesman for Tacoma Fire. Read more

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