Providing another tool for firefighters
Published 4:25 pm, Friday, October 7, 2016
FAIRFIELD — With active shooter scenarios becoming more common, police departments have had to change and adapt to a new environment. The same is true for firefighters.
The Fairfield Fire Department is in the process of purchasing 23 ballistic vests that will be kept on its apparatus for use by its firefighters. The $13,500 purchase was approved as part of the current budget.
“As the police go in, they’re going toward the hot zone and the shooter,” Dunn said.
Equipped with their own vests, and guarded by police, firefighters can then head into a scene, grab injured people, provide initial medical care and get them outside to safety.
“It’s just a modern evolution of our job,” Dunn said. With the vests on order, he added, firefighters have been doing some additional training. The vests will be marked “FIRE.”
With so many public and private schools in town, along with two college campuses, police officials said the potential is always there.
According to FEMA policy, “In addition to developing the necessary (law enforcement) capabilities, they must build sufficient public safety resources and capabilities to quickly triage, treat, and evacuate victims located within or near an (active shooter) area.
Providing fire and EMS with proper (ballistic protective equipment), along with the requisite training, directly supports this critical capability.”