Use code TPM for up to 66% off at MyPillow.com

ADVERTISEMENT

Portland firefighters to wear bulletproof vests after rise in violent crime

Portland Fire and Rescue will now be equipped with ballistic vests when responding to certain calls in response to the city's vast increase in violent crimes as a result of the "Defund the Police" movement.

ADVERTISEMENT
Image
Katie Daviscourt Seattle WA
ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT

Portland Fire and Rescue will now be equipped with ballistic vests when responding to certain calls in response to the city's vast increase in violent crimes as a result of the "Defund the Police" movement.

Portland Fire and Rescue is ordering 200 bulletproof vests after union members expressed concerns about heightened criminal attacks in the city, KGW8 reports.

"First responders, as they go in, we can become targets. Even if you look at the totality of the city, it's definitely become a less safe place to work for their firefighters. There's no way to mince any words," said Alan Ferschweiler, president of the Portland Firefighters Association.

According to Terry Foster, the Portland Fire and Rescue public information officer, the vests are needed to withstand bullets and knife attacks. "It's something we've talked about in the past, but it's something we're moving on now," Foster said.

"I think times change and the landscape of the types of calls we go on change over time. I know when I came quite a while ago, this was not even thought about. Our chief cares about our members and she does not want, on her watch, something like that to happen," Foster added. "For us everything is about safety, so this is just another level of safety. You never know when it's going to happen."

The vests will be red in color and will say "medic," KXL reports.

Within the last few years, Oregon firefighters have been attacked while responding to calls. According to Law Enforcement Today, a man set fire to a home in Springfield in 2018 then began shooting at firefighters. In 2019 incident, a man stabbed a paramedic waiting at a red light during a carjacking.

Other Democrat-run cities in the United States have taken extra safety precautions to keep firefighters safe. The city of San Francisco ordered bullet propf vests for their department and Seattle police officers are required to protect Seattle Fire with a "rescue task force" when responding to calls within dangerous homeless encampments.

ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT
N/A by N/A is licensed under N/A

Join and support independent free thinkers!

We’re independent and can’t be cancelled. The establishment media is increasingly dedicated to divisive cancel culture, corporate wokeism, and political correctness, all while covering up corruption from the corridors of power. The need for fact-based journalism and thoughtful analysis has never been greater. When you support The Post Millennial, you support freedom of the press at a time when it's under direct attack. Join the ranks of independent, free thinkers by supporting us today for as little as $1.

Support The Post Millennial

Remind me in September

We will use this to send you a single email in September 2020. To find out what personal data we collect and how we use it, please visit our Privacy Policy

ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT
By signing up you agree to our Terms of Use and Privacy Policy
ADVERTISEMENT
© 2022 The Post Millennial, Privacy Policy