Emergency officials in CT receive new protective gear

Posted: Updated:
STAMFORD -

Firefighters and EMS crews in four Connecticut communities showed off new body armor Friday morning as they bolster their ability to respond to mass casualty incidents.

The first responders in Stamford, Norwalk, Darien and Fairfield are splitting up 144 bulletproof vests and helmets. They are also getting color-coded triage kits to prioritize injured patients in the event of a largescale incident.

They say the extra protection will help as they increasingly respond to gun violence.

"We have to prepare for those incidents," said Stamford Mayor David Martin. "So that we don't have something like what happened in Orlando or what happened in Las Vegas happen here."

When hundreds of shots rang out in Las Vegas last month, bulletproof vests allowed medics to treat victims during the rain of gunfire. At the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando, Florida, emergency responders did not have such equipment and victims had to wait for help.

The new gear will also help in more common situations, officials say. For example, in domestic violence incidents there are often weapons involved.

  • Connecticut SlideshowsSlideshowsMore>>

  • PHOTOS: Fleet Week 2018

    PHOTOS: Fleet Week 2018

    Wednesday, May 23 2018 8:53 PM EDT2018-05-24 00:53:14 GMT
    Fleet Week 2018Fleet Week 2018
    Fleet Week 2018Fleet Week 2018

    Photos of the 2018 Fleet Week ships coming up the Hudson River to Manhattan. There are 14 ships for the public to visit and tour. The celebration lasts a week. It has been held nearly every year since 1984.

    Photos of the 2018 Fleet Week ships coming up the Hudson River to Manhattan. There are 14 ships for the public to visit and tour. The celebration lasts a week. It has been held nearly every year since 1984.

  • Memorial Day 2018 Photos

    Memorial Day 2018 Photos

    Whether you are honoring loved ones, attending a parade or spending time with family, News 12 wants to see your Memorial Day photos. Post them on Instagram or Twitter with #N12MemorialDay.

    Whether you are honoring loved ones, attending a parade or spending time with family, News 12 wants to see your Memorial Day photos. Post them on Instagram or Twitter with #N12MemorialDay.

  • 2018 Stamford Downtown Summer Concert Lineup

    2018 Stamford Downtown Summer Concert Lineup

    Tuesday, May 1 2018 11:42 AM EDT2018-05-01 15:42:34 GMT
    2018 Stamford Downtown Summer Concert Lineup2018 Stamford Downtown Summer Concert Lineup

    The 2018 Stamford downtown summer concert lineup includes live music from national and regional headliners at Columbus Park.

    The 2018 Stamford downtown summer concert lineup includes live music from national and regional headliners at Columbus Park.

sorry to interrupt
your first 20 are free
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Spectrum Networks® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please enjoy 20 complimentary views of articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.
you have reached your 20 view limit
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Spectrum Networks® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please login or create an account to continue enjoying News12.
Our sign-up page is undergoing maintenance and is not currently available. However, you will be given direct access to news12.com while we complete our upgrade.
When we are back up and running you will be prompted at that time to complete your sign in. Until then, enjoy the local news, weather, traffic and more that's "as local as local news gets."