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A Call for Funding to Protect Those Who Protect Us

  • SVC 209-08, Capitol Visitor Center (map)

Please Join Us for a Discussion on Emerging Threats for First Responders: A Call for Funding to Protect Those Who Protect Us

America is asking more of its first responders than ever before. The rise of active shooter events, terrorism and other emerging threats have forced EMS workers, firefighters and police into increasingly dangerous situations. First responders are now on the frontlines of dangerous crises, often providing critical life-saving care well before danger has been neutralized.

According to a 2017 Armor NOW survey of first responders, 83 percent of EMS respondents have been in or know a colleague or friend that has been involved in an active shooter incident. Now more than ever, first responders need access to life-saving body armor. A panel of experts will discuss the urgent need for Congress to act now to help expand access to body armor for first responders.

EVENT PANELISTS: 

  • Rachel Staebell, Lieutenant and Paramedic, Colorado Springs Fire Department; Board Member, International Association of Women in Fire & Emergency

  • Greg Chapman, Director of Prehospital Medicine, Carolinas Medical Center; Armor NOW Advisory Board Member

  • Scott Harding, Sergeant, Greenburgh Police Department; Armor NOW Advisory Board Member

  • Reed Smith, Committee Co-Chair of Tactical Emergency Casualty Care (TECC)

  • Steve Koering, Fire Chief, City of St. Louis Park, Minnesota

Congress should consider the following actions:

  • Expand eligibility of the Department of Justice Bulletproof Vest Partnership (BVP) program to include affiliated emergency medical service (EMS) personnel and increase the overall funding of the BVP program to $100M annually.

  • Retain the Uniquely Fitted Armor Vest Requirement for EMS personnel to ensure proper fitting armor for all individuals.

Breakfast will be served.

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