Trending: Should medics wear ballistic vests?
Recent attacks have raised concerns about how to keep emergency responders safer while on scene
There have been a lot of articles recently about paramedics and firefighters asking for ballistic vests in light of attacks on first responder.
The latest push for vests resurfaces some of the challenges surrounding their adoption such as cost, weight, mobility restriction and interface with other protective clothing.
It also leads to another question: Are vests the right option? Do they really provide protection to medics and firefighters, or are they a knee-jerk reaction to isolated incidents and not worth the cost?
Should bulletproof vests become part of the uniform for medics?
Check out the articles and add your thoughts below.
After two firefighters were held at gunpoint last week, Lancaster, Ohio, safety director says it’s time to provide the city’s medics with ballistic vests.
Fire officials in Michigan want to add flak vests to equipment worn by firefighters after the stabbing of two Detroit paramedics last week.
A 40-year Chicago Fire Department veteran was told he couldn't wear the vest he bought with his own money over the uniform.
Co-hosts Chris Cebollero and Kelly Grayson talk about the shooting of the news crew in Virginia and what it means for citizen and EMS safety.
During the Ferguson riots, EMS Chief Chris Cebollero discusses stress management for his crews, communication problems and issuing bulletproof vests.