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
Russian firm’ Remdiesel has unveiled an updated version of the MT-LB multi-purpose armoured vehicle that has been designated MLBSh, thought to mean Multi-Purpose Light Protected Amphibious Chassis.
The MLBSh has a laden weight of 10,500 kg, and can carry a payload of 2,500 kg and a crew of two. The vehicle’s cargo compartment measures 5.5 cubic m, and it is able to tow a 7,000 kg trailer. Read more
CENTRAL LAKE, Mich., Sept. 13, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Central Lake Armor Express, Inc. (“Armor Express”), a leading manufacturer and distributor of high-performance body armor solutions, is proud to announce that the U.S. Marshals Service has awarded the Company a contract to outfit Officers in the Western District of Virginia with its latest helmet innovation, the Busch AMP-1 TP ballistic helmet certified to the VPAM standard.
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The United States Marshals Service (USMS) is the primary federal agency charged with conducting fugitive investigations throughout the country. The agency regularly works in concert with other federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies to seek out and arrest violent fugitives and sex offenders, and has established task forces throughout the nation to facilitate the apprehension of fugitives.
“We are honored to support this crucial branch of Federal Law Enforcement and stand ready to service their requirements,” stated David Jones, Director of Federal Sales. “We worked to ensure they have the most reliable, high-performance head gear. The Armor Express team understands the enormous danger that USMS officers face when dealing with the most violent fugitives and offenders, and having state-of-the-art protective equipment is of critical importance. We look forward to growing our partnership through the development and delivery of life-saving armor solutions that enable our men and women in uniform to do their job and return home safely.” 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
A mysterious ultra-wealthy client has commissioned McLaren’s technology and design team for an ‘invincible shield’ that can be worn discreetly beneath the clothing, to protect their vital organs.
The Invincible shield essentially aims to do the job of the rib cage, relying on materials used in body armour and even Formula 1 race cars for damage containment, impact resistance, and flexural rigidity. 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
The Prime Minister’s Office has asked the NITI Aayog to set up an inter-ministerial committee to prepare a road map to encourage domestic manufacturing of lightweight body armour for the Army and paramilitary forces.
The committee, says a senior government official, will be headed by NITI Aayog member V.K. Saraswat and will have representatives from the Defence Research and Development Organisation, the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion, the Ministries of Defence and Home. Earlier this year, the PMO asked NITI Aayog to prepare a draft note on the possibility of encouraging production of home-made lightweight body armour. Read more
Bellevue police will soon obtain a demilitarized vehicle for rescues.
“The department has basically been looking for some time for a vehicle that offers ballistic protection; able to rescue citizens and officers; and also be available for national disasters — floods, snowstorms, etc.,” Bellevue Police Capt. Tom Dargy said at the Aug. 28 Bellevue City Council meeting.
The mine-resistant, armored-protective vehicle, known as an MRAP, should fit that bill. It’s designed to provide ballistic protection and can drive through up to 3 feet of water. The 37,850-pound military vehicle is 21 feet long and 10 feet high. 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