BRENTWOOD, Tenn. - In light of recent mass shootings and other incidents across the country putting first-responding firefighters at risk, the Brentwood Fire Department will soon be receiving 25 ballistic helmets and vests to wear when responding to volatile situations.
The move comes after a recommendation from a national firefighting safety agency.
Just last month in California, firefighters responded to a blaze at a senior citizens facility. As one firefighter headed inside to start saving lives, one of the residents pulled out a gun and shot the firefighter to death.
Brentwood Fire also says the ballistic gear will help them respond quicker to mass casualty incidents while being protected, as medical crews respond into buildings following mass shooting incidents quicker than before.