Minn. union pushes for EMS body armor
Amid shootings, the union president said firefighters who enter active shooting scenes need protection
MINNEAPOLIS — The president of the Minneapolis Firefighters' Union wants basic body protection for firefighters who enter active shooting scenes.
We first told you about three Minneapolis firefighters who were among the first people to enter the building at the Accent Signage shootings last fall. All three firefighters went into the building to try and save the lives of the people who were wounded in the mass shooting.
Police officers escorted the firefighters into the building. The officers were all protected with body armor. The three firefighters had no weapons, no bullet-proof vests, or headgear. With the gunman still in the building and armed, those firefighters were entering a situation where they had little protection on their bodies. The head of the Firefighters' Union tells 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS the EMS personnel need that basic body armor when they enter an active shooting scene.