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
POLK COUNTY, Fla. (WFLA) – They fight fires to keep people safe, but now their own safety is coming into question.
“Firefighters are being shot at. They are responding to more and more violent acts. When we show up to these calls and you look around, the fire departments and EMTs are the only ones who aren’t wearing anything,” Dundee Fire Chief Joseph Carbone told News Channel 8.
That is why Chief Carbone, along with city officials, purchased bullet proof vests for the entire department. Dundee is now the first fire department to do so.
Firefighters will wear them during any potentially dangerous calls.
“If we’re dispatched to an assault, shooting, stabbing, something in progress, they will put them on [before they] leave the station,” Chief Carbone said.
“A lot of times we’re there first on the scene before law enforcement,” Dundee Fire Department Assistance Chief Joe Garrison said. “Normally firefighters, EMTs and paramedics are the angels. We don’t discriminate. We help all citizens, regardless of what they believe. But, at the end of the day, I think the vest is good, because every call I go on, I think about my kids. I want to come home to them.” 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
Customs duty of Rs 2 cr means state police will get 4,650 imported bulletproof vests instead of 5,000.
After finally getting the go ahead to import high-quality bulletproof vests from Germany, nine years after its shoddy vests were exposed in the 26/11 attacks of 2008, the state has come across an all-too-familiar hurdle: budget constraints. And, much like one would in a department store, they have decided to drop items to fit the budget. Instead of 5,000 vests as originally planned, Maharashtra police, which is a 2-lakh-strong force, will now procure 4,650 vests.
The funds crunch arose when the department realised it would have to pay Customs duty of approximately Rs 2 crore for the 5,000 vests. Each vest costs Rs 35,000, so the cost of the entire consignment of vests comes to Rs 17.5 crore. Add to it another Rs 2 crore Customs duty and the figure would hover close to the Rs 20-crore mark, which was around Rs 2 crore more than the sanctioned budget. As the Customs department refused the state police’s request to waive the import duty, the department had no option but to reduce the number of vests by 350 to stay within the budget. Read more
Bulletproof vests aren’t just for police officers anymore.
Firefighters and EMTs in Old Orchard Beach are seeking donations and a grant to cover the cost of 20 vests for their own protection.
Firefighter Bill Young told NEWS CENTER he and his crew increasingly find themselves in situations where their lives could be in danger from someone with a gun or a knife. Read more
OLD ORCHARD BEACH, Maine — We’ve all seen police officers in bulletproof vests, but what about firefighters and EMTs?
In Old Orchard Beach, first responders say they’re needed.
The fire department has started raising money to purchase at least 20 bulletproof vests for their crews.
Each will protect them from being stabbed or shot. Read more