Spring Fire Department Deploys Ballistics Gear
SPRING, TX – In order to protect firefighters responding to hostile situations, the Spring Fire Department (SFD) is deploying ballistic vests and helmets on all fire apparatus.
“We get dispatched to provide emergency medical treatment in violent incidents, such as shootings and stabbings,” said Deputy Chief Scott Schoonover. “By adding ballistic protective equipment (BPE) for our firefighters, we are better able to protect our first responders in potentially violent circumstances.”
“The BPEs were deployed last week,” added SFD Quartermaster Senior Captain Matthew Corso. “Each fire engine has been issued ballistic vests and helmets for each riding position.”
All Spring firefighters are receiving training on how to properly use BPEs in conjunction with NFPA 3000 standards. “With this additional training, our crews will be prepared to provide emergency medical response in an active shooter situation or large scale hostile event.” said Deputy Chief Joel Crenshaw.
The Spring Fire Department is located in Spring, Texas, approximately 25 miles north of downtown Houston. Founded in 1953, Spring Fire Department is one of the largest combination fire departments in the state of Texas serving 62 square miles of unincorporated Harris County. As a combination fire department, it utilizes volunteer, part-time and full-time firefighters each and every day to provide the best service for our community.
Under a contract with Harris County Emergency Services District #7, Spring Fire provides fire suppression and rescue services to a population of 152,000 residents. Operating out of nine stations, with a fleet of 40 apparatus, its 220 personnel are led by Fire Chief Scott Seifert. For more information, visit www.springfd.org.