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Should Fire Departments consider wearing body armor?

Just last month in Contra Costa County, the Fire Department received a call for emergency medical emergency at a residence in California. One fire engine and one ambulance were dispatched to the scene of the incident. They arrived and began treatment to the individual when a vehicle drove by the scene and began shooting at the paramedics and firefighters. The car drove off but turned around and returned, unloading a barrage of bullets at them again! In this article, one firefighter and one paramedic were injured by the gunfire and taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries…thank God. 

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This incident is just one article, and you can go and search hundreds if not thousands of more incidents just like this one. So this begs the question if you are a firefighter or paramedic: Do you wear ballistic protection while on duty? A recent poll conducted in 2020 asked participants if they believe firefighters should wear body armor while dispatched. Eighty-one percent said Yes. Eighty-one! 

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I’m sure all of us know that firefighters, while in gear, are carrying up to 80 pounds! That’s a lot to carry and continue to carry out the mission effectively. On top of all of that, firefighters now should start wearing body armor? That’s probably not a popular choice within departments.

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No longer do we have to hear stories about firefighters or medical responders getting injured due to having no protection.

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