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
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
The Quezon City government has donated 50 patrol cars and 800 bulletproof vests to the Quezon City Police District (QCPD).
“I requested first for an inventory of malfunctioning cars so we could replace it,” said Mayor Bautista
Mayor Herbert Bautista led the turnover of 50 patrol cars by the Quezon City government at Camp Karingal.
The donation is the local government’s expression of support for the government’s effort to suppress crimes.
Meanwhile, the Quezon City government also vows to donate 500 9mm Glock pistols, and 150 tricycles for police patrol.
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.
A ballistic vest or bullet-resistant vest, usually named as a bulletproof vest, is personal protective equipment which helps to and reduces or stop effect on the body from firearm-fired projectiles.
These Vests usually comes with basic protection of Level- IIIA through the SAP inserted in them, however, it can be upgraded to Level III or IV based on the personal requirement. There are two types of Vests.
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