Gwinnett County Department of Fire and Emergency Services

Members of the Gwinnett County Department of Fire and Emergency Services will be getting a big boost in safety if they find themselves in violent situations or hazard zones.

The Gwinnett Board of Commissioners approved this week a purchase of $344,714.50 for body armor for members of the department, according to the Buford Patch.

The armor will be worn by firefighters during violent situations, and was identified as a need during an internal evaluation of the department’s response procedures for mass trauma incidents, Gwinnett Fire Capt. Tommy Rutledge said.

“The need for body armor and additional trauma equipment was identified following incidents like the Sandy Hook Elementary School Shooting in December 2012,” Rutledge said in a press release. “In the majority of violent situations, fire and emergency medical personnel are forced to remain outside until law enforcement officers clear the building or hazard area.”

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