Leland Fire and Rescue gets $15K grant to buy ballistic vests, helmets

LELAND, NC (WWAY) — Lifesaving equipment to protect first responders and keep the community safe is on its way to the Town of Leland thanks to a nearly $15,000 grant from the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation.

The funding will be applied to buy 15 ballistic vests with plates and 15 ballistic helmets and accessories for Leland Fire/Rescue.

According to a release from the town, the rescue task force personal protective equipment is specific to responding to active shooter and other violent incidents.

Training and working together with law enforcement as force protection, the town says this equipment would allow department firefighter/EMTs to enter specific areas of an active shooter incident to provide quicker access to, provide life-saving care to, and removal of critical patients.

“We are grateful to the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation and our local Firehouse Subs in Leland for awarding us this grant,” Leland Fire Chief Chris Langlois said. “By providing this equipment, our first responders will be able to quickly get access to victims during an incident of mass violence to deliver immediate medical interventions for readily treatable injuries, like severe bleeding and airway compromise, and move victims to a safer area where they can be transported to definitive care at a hospital. This equipment will help us to be ready, save lives, and help the people of Leland during emergency situations, especially during the upcoming holiday season.”

The town says this grant will be used to ensure greater lifesaving capabilities for first responders in the community.

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