Firefighters operate in an all-hazards enviornment, tasked with maintaining public safety in the face of myriad threats. The nature of these threats has evolved, as firefighters are now commonly faced with responding to violent incidents. And as the number of mass shootings rise, the need for greater on-scene protections climbs with it.
In order to responde effectively while protecting themselves and others, firefighters need the right equipment and protection, whether tactical body armor, ballistic shields, PPE, lightweight response bags or even protected vehicles. Armored Rescue Vehicles (ARVs) provide firefighters the protection required to respond to violent calls with the mobility to shield approach the wounded and egress safely.
Departments must prioritize how to best protect their personnel with often limited funds. This FireRescue1 How to Buy Guide for Armored Rescue Vehicles is a starting point for the procurement process, offering considerations for purchasing, equipping, implementing and funding armored rescue vehicles. Included in this guide:
- Key considerations before purchasing
- Top implementation considerations
- Questions to ask vendors
- Company directory
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