Tactical Gear Donation Comes 1 Day After Officers Come Under Fire

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KKTV) – 11 News is working to find out what led up to a shooting in Colorado Springs Monday night. About 24 hours after first responders came under fire in an active shooter situation, a donation of tactical gear was made to protect those who serve our community.

Police dispatch recordings from Monday night give a little insight into what emergency crews were up against when they responded to a call of shots fired that left two people injured before the suspected shooter and another person were found dead.

“Command we’re taking fire, we’re taking fire.” An officer on scene called out over dispatch on Monday night.

It was a massive, active and chaotic scene at Academy and Village Road South. With two confirmed shooting victims, the shooter continued firing shots in the direction of first responders.

“Be advised, from his second-floor window to the north, he has a view of anybody at the entryway so if you’re up there take cover.” An officer could be heard over the scanner describing the location of the shooter. Read more

Police mull grant program for Bulletproof Vests

When in uniform, all 171 Denton police officers are required to wear bulletproof vests. And Police Chief Lee Howell said it’s one of the most expensive and important pieces of equipment the department provides.

After the July 7 shooting in downtown Dallas, where a gunman fatally shot five Dallas police officers, state lawmakers have proposed a $25 million grant program to help fund bulletproof vests for all patrol officers in Texas.
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Dallas Police get $1 Million Grant for New Helmets, Bullet Proof Vests

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The Dallas Police Department received a $1 million-plus grant Thursday to go toward new ballistic helmets and bullet proof vests.

Governor Greg Abbott announced the Homeland Security Grants Division funds for the city and cited the deadly July 7 ambush in downtown Dallas as the reason. Read more

SOCOM Releases Helmet RfP

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US Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) has published its Request For Proposals (RfP) for the Special Operations Forces Personal Equipment Advanced Requirements (SPEAR) Family of Tactical Headborne Systems (FTHS)-Ballistic and Non-Ballistic Helmets programme.

Published on 26th April 2017, the RfP reveals the command’s plans to award a five-year Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contract worth up to USD95 million in total.

According to the RfP, the FTHS programme is aimed at providing operators from across USSOCOM force components with a multi-purpose solution available in ‘Coastal Marine, Riverine, Ground Ballistic, and Ground Bump’ variants, all of which can be scaled up with a ballistic protection applique kit. Read more

Preparedness Notes for Monday July 10, 2017

July 10th is the birthday of British novelist John Wyndham. (His full name was John Wyndham Parkes Lucas Beynon Harris, but Harris shortened that to just John Wyndham for his pen name.) He we was born in 1903 and died March 11, 1969. Harris was a good friend of fellow novelist Samuel Youd (1922-2012), who wrote under several pen names,

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Military Plane Crashes in Mississippi; at Least 12 Dead

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ITTA BENA, Miss. (AP) — A U.S. Marine refueling tanker crashed into a soybean field in rural Mississippi on Monday, killing at least 12 people aboard and spreading debris for miles, officials said.

Leflore (le-FLOR’) County Sheriff Ricky Banks told The Associated Press that officials were still searching for bodies after nightfall, more than five hours after the KC-130 spiraled into the ground about 85 miles (135 kilometers) north of Jackson in Mississippi’s Delta region.

“We’re still searching the area,” Banks said. “It’s hard to find bodies in the dark.” Read more

Revision Gets $98 Million Military Helmet Contract

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Some 100 people packed the factory floors of Revision Military in Newport on Thursday to celebrate a $98 million combat helmet contract with the U.S. Army.

Jonathan Blanshay, the CEO of Revision, said the contract is a boon for the local economy and the company’s growth. Competition for the contract, which was awarded in March, was intense, he said.

“It was a very competitive tender, and the people in here pulled it off,” Blanshay said.

The contract is the biggest Revision has landed and requires the company to make the U.S. Army up to 293,870 combat helmets through 2022. Blanshay said the high tech helmets are nearly a quarter lighter than the headgear used by soldiers now and will reduce the overall weight by a half pound. The company has spent years developing materials that provide ballistic protection and improve the comfort of the helmets. Revision’s Advanced Combat Helmet Generation II will be available for use in 2018. Read more