According to a press release sent out on March 7, 2019, by the City of St. Cloud Fire Rescue Department, all St. Cloud Fire Rescue Firefighters were outfitted with Ballistic Vests.

To keep up with the recent National Fire Protection Association’s recommendations, the St. Cloud Fire Rescue Department issued ballistic vests to all of its firefighters. These vests will be used for protection when crews are called to assist on violent or potentially violent incidents.

“It is our job to help keep the community and St. Cloud residents safe,” said St. Cloud Fire Chief Joe Silvestris, “By adding these ballistic vests our crews will be even more protected when they’re out in the field. Making sure my crews get back home safely after every shift is one of my top priorities.”

The NFPA developed standard NFPA 3000: Active Shooter/Hostile Event Response (ASHER), due to the increase of active shooter incidents across the nation. This standard was developed to protect firefighters when responding to violent situations.

Thank you to these men and women who risk their lives every day to protect and serve Osceola County.