FF/Paramedic Gary Gratz, Lt. Ryan Fickett, EMS Chief Dan Miller

Lake County Fire Rescue has added another tool to its arsenal to increase public safety. The new protective gear, funded by a $34,000 state Emergency Medical Services grant, is specifically designed for members of Lake County’s Rescue Task Force to respond to an active attacker situation. The gear includes ballistic vests, ballistic helmets, bleeding control bags, medical gear, tourniquets, and rapid extraction patient movers. 

Ballistic helmet

The gear will be strategically placed on fire apparatuses throughout the County, ensuring that it’s readily available, should an emergency happen. 

“Our firefighters have been training for nearly a year on our county-wide active attacker response, learning tactical medicine, establishing a rescue task force and how to use the appropriate gear during an emergency,” said Lake County Fire Rescue EMS Chief Dan Miller. “Now that we have the gear, it’s the final piece of the puzzle, and it will be instrumental in keeping the public safe.”

The career firefighters of Lake County Fire Rescue protect county residents and visitors in an area covering approximately 1,200 square miles, with nearly 70,000 residences and up to 2,000 commercial properties. For up-to-date news on Lake County Fire Rescue, visit, www.facebook.com/LakeCountyFireRescue or www.twitter.com/lakefirePIO. 


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