Body armor is not always the first thing on the mind of a firefighters, Emergency Medical Services (EMS), and other first responders. In today's world, however, it is just as important for firefighters, EMS and first responders to be protected. Lightweight body armor can help in situations involving any potential for gun fire or stab or spike possibilities.
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Bob Kollar - Lieutenant Cleveland Fire Department (Retired)
Bob Kollar is a retired Lieutenant of the Cleveland Fire Department. He served for 25 years and offers a great deal of experience in body armor procurement for fire fighters and other government agencies/departments.
One of our resident experts, Kollar shares his knowledge related to body armor for Fire fighters, EMS, and other First Responders
When do you need the protection?
There are many instances in which firefighters/EMS may need ballistic protection. Retired Cleveland firefighter Bob Kollar shares several situations that you may or may not think about often.
Funding for Body Armor
So, you decided you need plates. Now, the question is going to be how much is it going to cost and where am I going to get the funding. Bob Kollar walks you through a few ideas on where to get funding.
What body armor do EMS/Fire need & why?
The big question: What kind of plates do Fire/EMS need and why do they need them? Learn the benefits of wearing body armor and what situations body armor may be necessary for Fire and EMS.
Justifying the Need for Body Armor
Before you can expect your agency to purchase body armor, you may need to justify why Fire/EMS should have ballistic protection.