With Hurricane Irma threatening South Florida, Martin and St. Lucie County first-responders are preparing to use special vehicles that will make them more able to respond to emergencies during the storm.
The sheriff’s offices in these Treasure Coast counties will partner with Fire Rescue agencies to use armored military vehicles capable of withstanding hurricane force winds and navigating flooded roads. Martin County Sheriff William Snyder said that in the event Irma threatens the county, his agency will preposition three, heavy-duty, high-water vehicles — one in Jensen Beach, one in Indiantown and one in the southern part of the county.
Snyder said the agency will use a Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected military vehicle, also known as the MRAP, a Bearcat SWAT vehicle, and an Army truck. Fire Rescue paramedics will embed with sheriff’s deputies and respond to calls, if necessary. Read more
Body armor can be the determining factor in police safety. Body armor manufacturers take into consideration every situation an officer may encounter while on duty, and new threats drive development including the materials used to make vests and the grades of durability offered.
Officer Brad Baker of the Denver (Colo.) Police Department says they are issued Level II and Level IIIA soft armor for routine patrol. “We also have steel plates and carriers for higher risk situations,” he says. Across the board, more and more departments are making ballistic vests mandatory uniform. The Tucson (Ariz.) Police Department requires officers to wear them at all times unless assigned to administrative duty, however, the officer must have easy access to their body armor if that is the case. One vest issued for their officers is a Level IIA at the least so the vest may be concealed use.Read more
The Algemeiner reports: JNS.org – The Israeli Defense Ministry’s Administration for the Development of Weapons (ADW) unveiled on Tuesday nine new cutting-edge pieces of military technology that will be added to the IDF’s arsenal in the coming years.
The revolutionary defense technologies were co-developed with local and international defense contractors, and are expected to be game-changers in future wars with Hamas and Hezbollah. 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
The U.S. Army is testing a new helmet designed to offer full ballistic protection to a soldier’s entire head. Looking like something out of Starship Troopers, the Integrated Head Protection System (IHPS) protects a soldier’s entire head, including for the first time the face and jaw, from injury. The helmet is scheduled to head to the troops next year.
Army helmets were first issued in the years leading up to World War I. The helmets, made of simple pressed steel, were heavy and offered very little in the way of real protection against bullets. Helmets offered protection against grazing bullets, ricochets, and shrapnel, but against rifle rounds they were next to useless. The use of heavy steel made covering a soldier’s head below the ears impractical.Read more
As the terrorist continues to strike, so the question of people serving for the nation is in a constant fretful situation which need to be overcome and let the soldiers be well equipped with safety and protective gear.
For the body armor manufacturers, designing and developing the advanced bullet resistant vest for military troops and SWAT Teams specifically to meet their field and threat requirement is not an issue and both the R& D process and the various expensive testing protocols make it very costly clothing. In this terrified situation our goal is to provide them advanced and enhanced protection they want.
We often had close involvement with military and defense forces across the world in order to receive and process feedback from real battlefield situations and missions, giving us the edge in creating the most effective and resilient body armor technologies. For multi protection, threat, we developed a high performance jacket to protect law enforcement officers, correction officers and military personnel. Our concealable soft body armour is able to specifically engineer to counter every type of threat whether high or low. Even our soft body armour is slow light with exceptional protection level is also flexible for everyday wear.
Most of the injuries happen in battlefield is due to fragments both metal and nonmetal. So, while keeping this factor in mind, we designed bullet resistant vest which protects users from fragments. Ballistic protection from vest is measured by a fragment protection, performance which is denoted by V50 and measured in meter per second. The vest ballistic protection, also includes protection against small and high velocity bullets used in conjunction with hard armour plates.
Clark County Sheriff’s Office K9 Loki will receive a bullet and stab protective vest thanks to a charitable donation from non-profit organization Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. K9 Loki’s vest is sponsored by Lemieux & Associates, LLC of North Haven, CT and will be embroidered with the sentiment “This gift of protection provided by Lemieux & Associates,” a sheriff’s office news release stated. Delivery is expected within eight to 10 weeks.
Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. is a 501(c)3 charity located in East Taunton, Mass., whose mission is to provide bullet and stab protective vests and other assistance to dogs of law enforcement and related agencies throughout the United States.
The nonprofit was established in 2009 to assist law enforcement agencies with this potentially lifesaving body armor for their four-legged K9 officers. Read more
As it continues to work on an all-new standard infantry weapon, the U.S. Army is considering adopting a new “Interim Combat Service Rifle” in the 7.62x51mm caliber. The service is particularly concerned about soldiers’ ability to penetrate advanced body armors with their existing 5.56x45mm M4 carbines.
On Aug. 4, 2017, the Army announced it would buy up to eight different sample rifles as part of the evaluation of the potential future infantry weapon, also known as ICSR. In April 2017, the service reportedly began a project to consider giving such a weapon to a designated marksman in each infantry squad, according to Military.com. This ultimately evolved into the new, broader requirement, sources previously told Soldier Systems. Read more
Canadian technology company Mawashi has formally introduced their flagship product: A passive exoskeleton designed to help the soldier carry his heavy load. The exoskeleton is reportedly based on research into how the human body distributes weight, studying obese individuals like the rikishi wrestlers in sumo, to create a solution for the infantryman to carry heavy loads without injury. The company’s name – Mawashi – even comes from the stiff mawashi wrestling belts used in sumo. Read more