Dallas chief: Wounded paramedic wasn't wearing body armor

Chief David Coatney said the department doesn't carry body armor on rescue units

By FireRescue1 Staff

DALLAS — The call for paramedics to be equipped with body armor was renewed after a shooting Monday.

NBC DFW reported that Dallas Fire-Rescue paramedic William An, who was shot at by a man armed with a semi-automatic rifle, was not wearing body armor at the time of the incident. The body armor, according to the report, is only given to Dallas paramedics in limited situations.

"We don't carry the body armor on the actual rescue units," Chief David Coatney said. "They are contained in other response vehicles that come to the scenes."

At a press conference Monday, Chief Coatney said the department will continue looking at their body armor policy.

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