Firefighters and EMTs have long been taught to operate at a safe distance from potentially violent incidents and await word from law enforcement that the area is secured. That paradigm is now shifting with the rise of active shooter/mass casualty incidents (AS/MCI), as seen with the Columbine High, Virginia Tech, Sandy Hook Elementary, San Bernardino Inland Regional Center and Orlando nightclub attacks, as well as the World Trade Center and Boston Marathon bombings.
Sadly, we are all too aware of the headlines highlighting how much our emergency officers are at risk:
With the entry into unsecured areas known as warm zones, more departments are looking closely at body armor to protect their officers. They recognize the growing need to provide the proper body armor and rescue task force training to firefighters and paramedics who may face ballistic or explosive threats while needing to quickly triage, treat and extricate the wounded.
To help mitigate this threat, we offer several innovative hard armor plates and helmets which bring an entirely new benchmark in protection of the head and body.