SMITHSBURG, Md. - FEMA experts are advising firefighter and emergency crews to invest in bulletproof vests due to the increase in mass shootings and bombings nationwide.
Locally, Wednesday's night cascade shooting incident was the second time Smithsburg
"Well we don't want to be in a situation where we have to say gosh I wish we had our vests on. Hopefully, we, they never get used but if something does happen during an incident our people are protected. That's the most important thing," said Ward Fleger, Smithsburg
According to the vendor, Point Blank Enterprise Inc. Smithsburg is the first
"You feel almost unstoppable which you're not but it gives you that feel that you are," said Christine Roberts, Smithsburg Volunteer
"The last thing we want to do is intimidate, the people that need us. We want to you know clearly identify that hey we're
Responders say they often enter medical situations where there could be weapons or violence and that's why this group made the decision to invest in these vests.
"We also concerned for our own safety and we want to protect ourselves because we have families too and we want to go home the next day too," said Fleger.
Volunteers with Smithsburg