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Fire department requests $375K for armored vehicle

Bossier City Fire Chief Brad Zagone wants to purchase the vehicle in case of an active shooter situation

By FireRescue1 Staff

BOSSIER CITY, La. — In light of the Las Vegas mass shooting, a fire chief wants to purchase an armored vehicle in case of emergency.

Shreveport Times reported that Bossier City Fire Chief Brad Zagone proposed the purchase in front of city council members. The armored vehicle would cost up to $375,000.

"Through the last three or four years, we've been doing a lot of training on active shooters, and I hate to say it, but it's kind of what we've been seeing around the country," Chief Zagone said. "A lot of victims, when we look at these studies, die from a non-fatal gunshot wound, and we want to be able to get to the victims fast."

Chief Zagone said the vehicle would allow the department to start retrieving victims as police work to clear the scene, according to the report.

"This will allow us during that period of (police) vetting the stories of multiple shooters or IEDs or suspicious packages, or whatever, that we can go in and be taking care of victims," Chief Zagone said. "We would use this to go in, get a victim, go back to the staging area where we set up triage with our other ambulances."

The city council will vote on the purchase Nov. 7.

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