Mich. EMS agencies evaluate body armor

About a dozen West Michigan EMS and fire organizations contacted a body armor company looking for protective equipment

By Alex Shabad

KENTWOOD, Mich. — A wave of mass shootings around the country is setting off a new trend for West Michigan first responders trying to protect themselves.

At least a dozen non-police agencies, from firefighters to paramedics, are looking into body armor for their men and women.

Fire Chief Brent Looman is aware the bulletproof vests are expensive at about $1,500 a piece, but he believes the community could pay a higher price without them.

Read full story: Body armor interests West Mich. firefighters, paramedics

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