Temple Terrace paramedics using bulletproof vests, no matter what county does

Bulletproof vests for Temple Terrace paramedics

TEMPLE TERRACE, Fla. (WFLA) – Temple Terrace fire-medics won’t be going into active shooter situations without body armor.

The city equipped all of its fire emergency units with ballistic vests and helmets in March.

Next week, the Temple Terrace police and fire departments team up for their first-ever joint active shooter training.

It is designed to subdue or contain a shooter quickly, then rush treatment to those who are badly wounded.

A Hillsborough Fire Rescue training document obtained by 8 On Your Side informs fire-medics that they will not be provided ballistic protection.

However, after mentioning this information in a prior story, a statement was released from the county stating the suggestion that “Hillsborough County would be sending firefighters and paramedics into an active shooter event without proper protection” is “inaccurate.”

Federal guidelines state that emergency medical personnel inserted into these incidents should be armored.

Temple Terrace Fire Chief Ian Kemp says it doesn’t matter if Hillsborough Fire Rescue fire-medics use ballistic protection or not, his department has protocols and will be employing the gear.

If you know of something that you think should be investigated call our 8 On Your Side Helpline at 1 800 338-0808.

Contact Steve Andrews at sandrews@wfla.com.

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