Cleveland fire dept. stocks up on more body armor

The fire union pushed for more vests ever since shots were fired at two fire stations in 2015


By FireRescue1 Staff

CLEVELAND — Officials added an additional 100 bulletproof vests to their armory for Cleveland firefighters last week. 

The city now has enough vests to protect every firefighter; the department initially received 100 vests for the Republican National Convention, reported FOX8

“The vests offer a National Institute of Justice rating of 3-A. This offers ballistic and blunt-trauma protection and is the highest level of soft, flexible armor available,” Cleveland Division of Fire Chief Angelo Calvillo said.

Each vest cost $550, a purchase the fire union has continued to push for since shots were fired at two fire stations in 2015.

“We all love them. Anything that makes us safer, you can’t go wrong,” Lt. Tyree Thompson said.

Vests will only be worn when necessary.

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