Parliament has spent almost R84 000 on purchasing bulletproof vests for its so-called bouncers, whose main role is to remove unruly MPs from the House.
It is unclear why they would require such protection because all they appear to do is to push out Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) MPs.
An invoice, seen by City Press, describes the 40 items ordered on October 5 as protective gear for chamber support officers, with “bulletproof vests” in brackets.
The purchase order also reveals that the items would be needed by November 4 – two days after President Jacob Zuma’s scheduled appearance in the National Assembly for his last question-and-answer session for the year.
According to the latest parliamentary programme, Zuma will answer MPs’ questions on November 2 in the National Assembly and appear at the National Council of Provinces twice after that – on November 9 to answer questions, and on November 23 for his annual address.
Parliament did not respond to requests for comment, despite promising to do so. Read more
By Christmas, all 855 members of the Cincinnati Fire Department will have received their custom-fitted bulletproof vests.
I’ll repeat that — slowly. Bullet. Proof. Vests.
If this is a new reality, it runs counter to how I have always viewed this honorable occupation. In my mind’s eye, a firefighter is a hero who would climb a ladder and pluck Morris from a towering oak tree. No vest needed.
A firefighter waves back at you from the big, red truck in the homecoming parade. No vest needed.
A firefighter’s hose saves your home from being a total loss. No vest needed.
Something has changed.
The threat of falling through a collapsing ceiling, an elevator shaft or oxygen deprivation is not the only on-the-job danger today’s firefighters have to worry about. They also have to consider getting shot.
That’s a travesty.
CFD leaders asked Cincinnati City Council to purchase bulletproof vests nearly two years ago. They joined big cities like Los Angeles and Chicago who have done the same to keep their first responders from taking a bullet. Read more
PHOENIX (KSAZ) – Police officers never know what kind of call their going to answer, that’s why one former officer is encouraging his colleagues to always be cautious and guard their bodies with proper protection.
This past week, an officer was shot during a pursuit that ended at 44th Street and Thomas Road.
The officer is ok, thanks to a bulletproof vest that he was wearing.
Fox 10 Phoenix spoke with Bill Weigt, an officer who understands what it feels like to get shot with a bulletproof vest.
He was a part of a pursuit back in 2005 where a suspect ended up shooting and hitting him.
He says the bullet entered right where the protection in the vest ended, or else he’d be in even better shape than he is now.
“It hit the vest carrier, but it missed the bulletproof vest,” Weigt said.
Regardless, he says vests save lives and hopes every officer will take the time to wear one.
“I mean, it’s the simplest thing in the world. Why not just wear it? It should be that easy, but it’s a personal thing for me. But if they chose not to, I wish they would. All of them, I wish they would,” Weight said.
He says when he hears about an officer who’s been shot on the job, he hopes for just one thing. Read more
Police in Menands are wearing new bulletproof vests as part of a pilot program. They’re designed to reduce lower back pain for the officers wearing them.
Police gave the public a look at the vests during a press event Thursday.
The vests have straps and compartments able to carry bulky and heavy police gear, allowing officers to more evenly distribute the weight they’d normally be carrying on their belts. They cost about $1,000.
The pilot program is sponsored by the village’s workers compensation provider, the Public Employer Risk Management Association, or PERMA. PERMA decided to create the program after a review of all police claims. On average, they say lower back injuries cost roughly $84,000 in lost time per claim.
Spectrum News spoke with an officer who has been wearing the new vest for two weeks, and he says he is quite satisfied with the change. Read more
LAWRENCE, Kan. (NBC News) — This year whenever Kevin Willmott is teaching, he will be wearing a bulletproof vest.
The film and media professor at the University of Kansas says it’s a way to “protest” a Kansas law that now allows students and others to carry concealed handguns on campuses without a permit and without training.
“The vest is this reminder that yeah there could be a gun in your presence here, and it’s a bad thing. It’s to give people discomfort,” Willmott says. Read more
HAMPTON, Va. – Hampton Fire and Rescue strapped on new gear Tuesday.
They recently purchased black vests.
“They’re technically ballistic vest and one of the big differences in that is everyone believes they are bulletproof, they’re not,” Battalion Chief Anthony Chittum explained to News 3. “They’re called a level three and they’re made to stop a certain level threat.”
Chittum said they started planning to buy the armor about a year ago.
They decided to spend $650 on each one due to rising concerns nationwide about first responders safety when dispatched to 911 calls.
“We really wanna look at it as an insurance policy. We would rather have the added protection and not need it, than when all of a sudden an emergency comes up and we don’t have the equipment,” he said.
Fire officials said crews typically won’t wear the vest if they’re responding to something like a house fire. Read more
Safariland, a company specializing in body armor, recently selected Honeywell’s Spectra Shield and Gold Shield ballistic composite materials to produce a thin, lightweight vest specifically designed for female law enforcement officers.
Safariland selected Honeywell’s Spectra Shield 5000 series material for their Armor SX vest family, which is designed to provide optimal comfort while providing protection against a range of soft armor ballistic threat levels for all wearers. Contemporary vest models are typically built for a male or unisex neutral fit.
DALLAS — Anytime a cop hits their beat, they never know when someone out there will threaten their life.
Well, Dickey’s “Barbecue Boots and Badges” foundation is out to relieve some of those fears, with their new Invest In A Vest initiative.
“We are dedicated to helping officers, our first responders, and their families,” said the founder of Barbecue, Boots and Badges, Maureen Dickey.
Today, the foundation donated enhanced bulletproof vest plates to the Dallas Police Gang Unit, that are capable of withstanding rifle fire like what they faced in last July’s attack. Read more