Colo. firefighters get ballistic vests, helmets after shooting

A local business donated six vests and helmets to the department in the wake of the fatal Planned Parenthood shooting

PUEBLO WEST, Colo. — A business donated ballistic vests and helmets to firefighters in a Colorado city after the fatal Planned Parenthood shooting last week.

KOAA reported that the equipment will add an extra level of protection for Pueblo West (Colo.) firefighters heading into dangerous situations.

"It could happen at any time, those events are not planned, and that's where in the fire service, we have to be ready," said Brad Davidson, division chief of the Pueblo West Fire Department.

Chief Davidson says bringing on six bulletproof vests and helmets came at an important time.

"We want to take that extra step to provide that safety aspect to our personnel and make sure that they're safe to go in so they can do their job," Davidson said. "The goal at the end of the day is everybody goes home so we want to make sure that we provide the right equipment for that.”

The vests were donated by a Pueblo West business called Warrior Kit.

"Especially Pueblo, it's crazy out there. You never know what's going to happen, and I couldn't imagine being a law enforcement officer or a firefighter going into some of those active-shooter situations and not having that protection," Diana Ludwig, a manager at Warrior Kit, said.

Fire officials are drafting a policy on how the equipment should be used, but is ready to deploy at any time.

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