Cleveland firefighters renew call for bulletproof vests

Official: "I want to make sure that our first responders have all the equipment that's necessary to keep them safe."

CLEVELAND — A Saturday night standoff with an armed man has renewed demands by Cleveland firefighters for bulletproof vests.  It is a story first reported by the Fox8 I-Team more than two weeks ago.

Responding to the scene of the nearly twenty-hour ordeal on Manufacturing Avenue and equipped with 'ballistic vests' were First District Police Officers, members of the SWAT Team, crisis negotiators, deputies from the Cuyahoga County Sheriff’s Department, the Westshore Enforcement Bureau and Cleveland EMS.  Firefighters were the only emergency responders without protection from bullets.

"At some point, firefighters were requested to come to the scene and provide some type of assistance to police," said Local 93 President Frank Szabo.

Full story: I-Team: Cleveland firefighters renew call for bulletproof vests

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