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Santa Maria Fire Department receives new bulletproof vests

Santa Maria Fire Department receives new bulletproof vests



SCENE. #### > SANTA MARIA FIREFIGHTERS HAVE NEW BULLET PROOF VESTS. THE CITY SAYS 20 REPLACEMENT VESTS WERE BOUGHT WITH TAXPAYERS MONEY AT A PRICE TAG OF 22-THOUSAND- DOLLARS. FIREFIGHTERS SAY THEY WILL BE WEARING THEM TO HIGH RISK SITUATIONS. KSBY REPORTER MEGAN ABUNDIS FOUND OUT HOW THE VESTS WORK. CARINA ABOUT THIRTY POUNDS.FIREFIG HTERS SAY THEY NEED THEM BECAUSE THEY ARE RESPONDING TO MORE AND MORE HIGH RISK SITUATIONS, LIKE SHOOTINGS. THEY HAVE SOFT ARMOR ALL AROUND..FRONT AND BACK, WHICH CAN PROTECT AGAINST HANDGUN ROUNDS.BUT TWO OF THESE STEEL PLATES WERE ALSO ADDED TO EACH VEST TO HELP STOP HIGH CALIBER ASSAULT RIFLE TYPE ROUNDS. FIREFIGHTERS IN SANTA MARIA SAY THEY WERE USING OUTDATED MILITARY SURPLUS VESTS THAT ONLY PROTECT AGAINST SMALL CALIBER HAND GUNS. "It doesn't meet the needs. it doesn't provide the level of protection that we think we need right now." FIREFIGHTERS ARE NOW RESPONSING TO MORE DANGEROUS CALLS. AT TIMES RUSHING INTO EMOTIONALLY- CHARGED SITUATIONS WHERE GUNS AND OTHER WEAPONS ARE INVOLVED. "Definitely changed, the threats out there have changed. It's not just fires, medical emergencies, the driving hazards we have to deal with." CAPTAIN CLAYTON SAYS SO FAR. NO ONE'S TAKEN A SHOT AT ONE OF HIS FIREFIGHTERS. BUT IT'S HAPPENING IN BIGGER CITIES. AND HE SAYS THE DEPARTMENT'S GETTING OUT IN FRONT OF IT. "Their safety and health is priority." "It's important that they be safe while they are doing their work because they are here to save our people's lives in a time of crisis so I think it's a great idea." "Always safety first in every job, these guys are heroes basically, so I don't see why not." BUT SOME SAY THAT 22- THOUSAND- DOLLARS OF TAXPAYER MONEY COULD BE GOING TO OTHER PLACES. "I would like to know what the necessity of it is, because they are already fire proof; they don't need to be bullet proof, that's for police officers. We should do more things for education so we don't have little kids running around with guns than they wouldn't need bullet proof vests to begin with."EVEN WITH THE EXTRA ARMOR. FIREFIGHTERS WHO ROLL UP ON A HIGH-RISK SCENE MUST WAIT TO ADMINISTER AID UNTIL POLICE OFFICERS GIVE THE ALL-CLEAR. "anytime you get a situation like that with Police officers shootings stabbing we are much more alert. Having the new vests coming from the old technology that we used to use allows us to go in more confidently." THE CAPTAIN OF THE ENGINE WILL DECIDE IF THE GROUP WILL WEAR THESE VESTS TO SPECIFIC CALLS. WE'RE TOLD THESE VESTS LAST ABOUT TEN YEARS. LIVE AND LOCAL IN SM IM MA KSBY NEWS. THE FIRE CHIEF ALSO SAYS THEY WILL BE LOOKING INTO BUYING BULLET PROOF HELMETS, WHICH COST AROUND 500 DOLLARS EACH. IN THE MEAN TIME THEY ARE CHECKING TO


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