Trending Topics: Should firefighters wear ballistic vests?
Recent attacks have raised concerns about how to keep first responders safer while on scene
It seems like there have been a lot of recent articles about firefighters and paramedics asking for ballistic vests in light of recent first responder attacks.
The latest push for vests resurfaces some of the challenges surrounding their adoption such as cost, weight and mobility restriction and interface with other protective clothing. It also leads to the deeper question of are vests the right option — do they provide too little protection to firefighters and medics or are they a knee-jerk reaction to isolated incidents and not worth the cost?
In this Trending Topics, we look at instances where crews were held hostage at gunpoint for several hours, stabbed in Detroit and San Diego during medical calls and issued vests during the Ferguson riots.
Do you think ballistic vests should be the next PPE for firefighters?
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