Bulletproof Vests For Augusta Firefighters Not Endorsed

Photo of an Augusta-Richmond County firefighter's helmet and fire suit.
Photo of an Augusta-Richmond County firefighter's helmet and fire suit.

Augusta, GA (WJBF) – Some Augusta Commissioners are not ready to pull the trigger on bulletproof vests for firefighters.

As we first reported Monday, the Augusta-Richmond County Fire Department wants to spend $40,000 for the vests, which would be used by 35 firefighters to remove victims during an active shooter event.

The Public Safety Committee did not approve the request when Commissioner Sean Frantom voted against the proposal. “It’s only 35 and he’s got 70 on a shift, you know. Why are we going to the top of the line jacket when they are going to be used on a rare circumstances? Let’s look at pricing and get a better jacket…that’s why I didn’t support it. Let’s look at other measures to get the jackets,” said Frantom.

Despite Frantom’s objections Fire Chief Chris James says he plans to bring the issue before the full commission next week for approval.

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