Bulletproof Vest Probably Saved New York Police Officer

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The frantic mother dialed 911 shortly after 4:30 p.m. Thursday. She was concerned about her 29-year-old son. He was emotionally disturbed, she warned, but added that he was not armed or violent.

Two police officers were first to arrive at the woman’s home on Ridgewood Avenue in the Cypress Hills neighborhood of Brooklyn. One officer went inside and the other around back, after the mother said her son might try to flee, the authorities said.

But when the officer in the home approached a rear bedroom, the man came out with a gun, the police said. He fired several shots at the 30-year-old officer, striking him once in the right arm. Two other bullets pierced his police uniform but became lodged in his bulletproof vest, the authorities said.

An emergency medical worker in the home immediately started to provide aid, and the officer was taken to Jamaica Hospital Medical Center. He was in stable condition and alert on Thursday night, the police said. The police declined to release his name. Read more

Cuyahoga County fire departments to get bulletproof vests to respond to active shooter incidents

LYNDHURTS, Ohio – The attack at Ohio State, the shooting at Chardon High School and the terror at Pusle Nighclub in Orlando. Tragedies in public places here in Ohio and across the country are changing how our firefighters and first responders do their jobs.

Departments in Cuyahoga County are preparing by gearing up with military grade equipment.

Ballistic vests and helmets may not be standard gear for the job, but it’s getting riskier for first responders, and another level of protection is a must. Read more

Bomb Suit Tests show advanced materials offer More Protection and Greater Flexibility

The suit uses a range of advanced polymers to enable the necessary blast protection, while allowing a wide range of mobility. The skin of the suit is made from Nomex, a flame-resistant meta-aramid material commonly used by bomb disposal experts and firefighters due to its blast and fire protection properties, and lightweight flexible construction.

The tests show the suit performed well against four life impacting aspects of a blast; flame immersion, high velocity fragment impact, blast pressure waves and ‘tertiary’ effects. Critical to survivability is reducing the impact of blast pressure waves, which alongside flames and fragments, have a devastating impact on internal organs. Read more

Delhi police invests in gear to tackle bomb threats

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The Delhi police is investing majorly in tools and equipment to tackle bomb threats. The initiative follows the prospect of rising terror attacks in the near future.

Highly placed sources in the security establishment told this reporter that in view of the situation in Kashmir, Kerala, West Bengal and Assam, where jihadi activities have intensified, the Delhi police force has been asked to prepare itself for future eventualities. New Delhi, due to its status as the national capital and its porous borders with other states, has become the first choice for carrying out terror attacks.

In the last one month, the Delhi police has floated multiple tenders seeking purchase of equipment that are used to detect and defuse bombs and Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs).

According to official sources, Delhi police is buying at least 25 telescopic manipulators that provide improved ability to bomb disposal technicians to maximise their standoff distance (remote handling capabilities) when working in close proximity to a suspect package or IED. The police is also going to buy 25 “hook and line” machines that are used to move suspected devices or gain access into vehicles and buildings using a pulling line and specially designed tools. Read more

Clark County Sheriff’s Office K9 Loki to get Body Armor

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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

US Army Seeks a New Battle Rifle for Piercing Advanced Body Armor

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

UPRISE Tactical Exoskeleton Officially Announced by Mawashi Science & Technology

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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

How Safe Life Defense is making body armor more affordable for individuals to purchase

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It’s no secret that body armor can save an officer’s life. But many departments lack the funds to provide every officer with a vest, and the price of a vest can make it difficult for an individual to afford one.

New manufacturer Safe Life Defense is on a mission to make it easier for first responders to obtain body armor by providing NIJ-rated multi-threat protection at an affordable price.

The company realizes cost savings by manufacturing its own material and producing vests in set sizes with multiple points of adjustment to fit most body types. The vests also provide protection against multiple threats so that buyers don’t have to choose between knife or bullet defense. Read more

Body armor for firefighters — East Pierce Fire latest to add protection

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As mass shootings become more common, more fire departments are using body armor so crews can more quickly reach people in dangerous situations.

East Pierce Fire & Rescue is the latest local agency to order ballistic vests to better protect its firefighters and paramedics.

Tacoma Fire has used the vests since the 1990s, and West Pierce Fire & Rescue ordered them in 2013.

“It is an emerging trend,” said Joe Meineke, spokesman for Tacoma Fire. Read more