The Tucson Fire Department (TFD) recently was awarded a $46,000 federal grant to purchase safety equipment necessary to protect personnel during Rescue Task Force (RTF) deployment situations. The equipment will give added protection to TFD personnel so they can safely carry out their tasks on scene.
The RTF is a set of teams made up of firefighters and police officers deployed to provide emergency medical care to victims where there is an ongoing ballistic or explosive threat. The new equipment consists of a helmet, vest, and a backpack.
TFD now has 16 sets of the gear and 16 additional sets have been given to other departments across the area. The new gear will allow first responders to get into emergency scenes much faster, saving more lives.