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Monthly Archives: September 2013

  • New GHOST Body Armour

    Always staying ahead of the curve in personal protection the wonderful people at Safeguard Armour have done it again. Introducing GHOST™! This is the newest advancement in safety gear from the professionals who know it best. With all of the big changes in the world and in our own neighborhoods; personal and family safety is no longer reserved just for our cops and soldiers.

    Ghost Body ArmourNow more and more people are finding themselves feeling the need to wear added protection daily to help shield them from the dangers of the crazy world we are living in. The newest addition to the world of safety and comfort is a new vest design known as GHOST™. This vest really has all the added little bonuses that you would look for in safety vest. With its Coolmax® carrier material you can be safe from harm and feel comfortable wearing it. Continue reading

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  • Detailed Inspection Systems Ensures Reliable Ballistic Plates for German Soldiers

    KAISERSLAUTERN, Germany – Soldiers that participate in Operation Enduring Freedom, Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation New Dawn, aren’t being treated as fairly. As of recently, they’re being issued ballistic armour that has been used by other soldiers. When the process is conducted properly, the armour plates should surpass a thorough inspection and defective ones should be discarded. The process isn’t as simple as one might think.

    The 21st Theater Sustainment Command expended plenty of time and money sending plates to Sierra, CA, for inspection, prior to being shipped back to Europe for active soldiers.Military officials want assurance that plates are being issued and inspected within a precise time frame. Going by the existing policy, plates should only be issued to deploying Soldiers if they have been inspected within the last nine months.

    "What we had that needed to be scanned would be shipped back to the States," said Carla Stovall, a logistics management specialist with the 21st TSC's Support Operations. "Anytime there was a deploying unit we would send our requirements back with the amounts that we would need and they would ship over inspected plates."

    Currently, the 21st TSC has implemented a system that uses X-rays to scan plates, identifyingany defects the armour may have. This is known as the Armour Inspection System, or AIS. This modern system willenable a traveling team of Non-Destructive Test Equipment, or NDTE, personnel to be flown in to examine and confirm the plates used throughout Europe as effective.

    "This is actually the first fixed site with an AIS that we have where we can actually jump the mobile team right into the inspection process," said Bruce Cardell, the NDTE team lead. "The intent is to take a mobile team, drop them into a fixed site, process all of the plates they have, and place the plates back on the same cycle and same inspection window, while at the same time taking the bad plates out of service. Now the only plates that are being sent back to the states are the unserviceable plates, which will go back into circulation once they are repaired."

    There could be a huge cost saving advantage when having a fixed AIS in Kaiserslautern.

    As of late, the mobile team is on the ground on Rhine Ordnance Barracks, Germany. And they should be there until Oct. 8. Their duties will be inspecting the more than 50,000 plates from across Europe. Their goal is to maximize the stock of plates eligible for deployment.

    Having the NDTE inspection team on site is something that’s necessary. "[It] should be a recurring thing," said Stovall. "All of the plates that are considered issuable will all expire at the same time so we would want to have that taken care of before the nine months are up."

    "We look at the operation as being a lifeline and gives the Soldiers and commanders the reassurance that they have the best equipment in theater," reportsCardell. "It gives them that reassurance that they have the best type of plate protecting them in the field."

    It’s expected that the plates that surpass inspection will be shipped to several issuing facilities throughout Europe. Deploying soldiers everywhere will be protected once this is completed.

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  • Stab proof vests needed for emergency workers in the NHS

    One union chief representing North East ambulance workers confirmed last night that members had approached him before regarding this issue. Peter Warren, the managing director of an Oxfordshire-based body armor company, which supplies vests mainly to the National Health Service (NHS), also said he had received inquiries from the region. This firm has supplied 10,000 stab vests to local government workers, primarily NHS staff.There have also been school workers wanting this assistance.

    After being advised by the Department of Health to receive additional stab vests, frontline emergency service workers have the permission. There have already been paramedics wearing this sort of protection in the North East area, but other staff is waiting for the go ahead in this matter.

    Joel Byers, Unison branch secretary for North East ambulance service personally said: “I know some people want them, and some people don’t, but if we provide stab vests they would have to be worn all the time whilst on duty, regardless of the job. It can’t be left to individual choice.”

    This still hasn’t deterred the people that want this protection, but of course the people that don’t want this protection still whole-heartedly disagree with it.

    “What I find really sad is that the ambulance service is even having to discuss the issue – ambulance staffs are being assaulted for doing their job and it’s a very sad sign of the times,” Joel Byers adds.

    Health Secretary Alan Johnson earmarked £97m for extra security for NHS workers in the past.The concerns come amid rising numbers of knife attacks in the UK in general, and following a number of stabbings in his specific region in the past few years. Decisions over whether to give council workers stab vests has also been made by individual authorities, a local government association spokesman stated.

    He added: “Council workers come into contact with every household across the country in some capacity. Obviously the risk that staff face varies enormously, and their level of protection needs to be both sensible and proportionate. Councils will not hesitate to use the appropriate measures to deal with any risk of attack.”

    Labour MP for Tynemouth Alan Campbell, also in support of additional protection, said stab vests should be made available to frontline emergency workers: “These are drastic measures, but if public sector workers who find themselves in potentially dangerous situations ask for added protection, then of course we should make it available to them.

    “But I also think if someone has been attacked in the line of duty it should be taken into account during sentencing. Courts have to reflect public feeling on this and the public wants people who carry knives to be locked up.”

    Up to date, more people of the North East region have enjoyed the benefits of the sponsored protection. More than one body armor manufacturer has pitched in to make working on the job for the paramedics a little safer.

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