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U.S. Marshals Service – Expired Body Armor, Inconsistent Training Raises Risks For Marshals

Tuesday, July 11th, 2017

This release, from US Senator Chuck Grassley’s webpage, details a current lapse in proper training, and protective and trauma gear, for US Marshals Service officers.

Jul 07, 2017

Leadership was reportedly warned about need to follow through on safety measures, yet failed to adequately fund equipment or implement programs

Body armor with 13 percent failure rate still worn by more than 1,000 agents

Weakened criteria for training officers tied to flawed safety instructions

WASHINGTON – Thousands of U.S. Marshals Service (USMS) officers tasked with hunting down dangerous fugitives are relying on expired protective and trauma gear and insufficient training, according to information obtained by the Senate Judiciary Committee. Despite repeated warnings about the increased risks to employees and public statements prioritizing safety, agency leadership has reportedly failed to follow through with critical steps to ensure officers are appropriately trained and equipped to carry out often dangerous duties. In two separate letters to USMS leadership, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley is calling on the agency to explain how the lapses were allowed to occur.

Expired Body Armor
A 2014 USMS memo outlined a plan to replace body armor kits every five years to normalize the budget request process and ensure that critical equipment is regularly updated. Because most of the USMS’ 3,900 operations employees received their gear in 2011 or 2012, much of the body armor needs to be replaced by 2017. However, as of February, only certain portions of the kits had been updated for a limited number of employees.

In recent testimony before Congress, USMS leadership discussed the need to replace body armor consistent with the five-year schedule. However, USMS’ budget requests for the replacement fell well short of the level required to implement the replacement plan and contracts to acquire the new gear, indicating that the agency was knowingly underfunding the replacement plan. Earlier this year, the agency planned to use the same pot of taxpayer funds to provide across-the-board promotions to as many as 60 employees whose duties are similar to other employees across the country.

“It is troubling that the agency was ready to expend the funds to promote 60 people with no competition, while ignoring the pleas to replace body armor with a 13 percent failure rate currently worn by thousands of operational employees across the agency whose daily job it is to apprehend violent fugitives,” Grassley said in the letter.

Even with additional funds allocated, filling orders under the contract and deploying armor to employees will take time. Barring actual equipment upgrades, more than 2,000 employees will have expired armor at the end of 2017. Text of Grassley’s body armor letter follows this release.

Weakened Training Officer Vetting
In 2011, following several line-of-duty deaths, the USMS developed the High Risk Fugitive Apprehension Training Program to establish a uniform nation-wide training regime based on best practices and lessons learned from earlier events. While the program’s developers recommended that instructors have at least five consecutive years of violent fugitive apprehension experience, the final criteria was significantly less. Under the implemented program, instructors could be certified even if they had no experience in high risk fugitive apprehension and had never attended the training they would be tasked to teach.

USMS leadership was allegedly warned on multiple occasions that the lack of instructor vetting and oversight would lead to a breakdown in uniform training. According to information obtained by the committee, those breakdowns have led some task forces to adopt tactics that actually increase risks to officers. In 2015, a USMS officer was shot and killed while participating in an operation in Louisiana to arrest a double-murder suspect. The subsequent incident report, which the agency has refused to share with leadership in the field, revealed multiple failures to follow the training program.

“All of these warnings to agency leadership about the breakdown of the program reportedly were given both before and after the Louisiana operation,” Grassley said in the letter. “For the safety of other deputies and law enforcement officers involved in high risk fugitive operations, this event should be examined – in a transparent manner – in the larger context of the agency’s own policies, practices, and reports.”

Grassley is seeking information on the implementation of the training program, including an explanation for why the instructor criteria was reduced and whether the agency will adopt new safety protocols based on information gained from incident reports following operations like the one in Louisiana.

www.grassley.senate.gov/news/news-releases/expired-body-armor-inconsistent-training-raises-risks-marshals

Trolley Mounted Ballistic Shield System from Morgan Advanced Materials Enables Superior Manouevrability for Elite Forces

Thursday, July 6th, 2017

To enhance mobility while delivering maximum protection against a range of potential enemy threats, Morgan Advanced Materials has developed a lightweight, highly mobile trolley system to complement its series of LASA® Ballistic Shields.

The latest innovation from Morgan Advanced Materials’ Composite and Defence Systems business acts as a mobile wall in the event of enemy fire. The presence of a trolley system ensures that soliders can continue to move uninhibited, confident in the knowledge they are well protected from enemy bullets. In situations where conflict can break out at a moment’s notice, it is important that soldiers are fully equipped to respond quickly and efficiently to any potential threats. The unique design of the system ensures that shields can be quickly removed and reconnected to the trolley as required, offering increased protection without hindering agility.

A pioneer in world-leading ballistics technology, Morgan’s range of LASA® Ballistic Shields have been proven to offer superior protection to NIJ 0101.06 Level III and against the following special threats: 7.62 x 51mm 149gr M80 FMJ; 5.56 x 45mm 55gr Ball (M193); and 7.62 x 39mm 123gr PS Ball (Mild Steel Core). Despite the superior levels of protection on offer, the use of specially-developed proprietary composite materials allows for exceptional multi-hit performance at a significantly lower weight than many alternative solutions currently available on the market, in some cases by up to 20%.

Chris Davies, Technical Director at Morgan Advanced Materials’ Composites and Defence business, explained: “By ensuring that elite soldiers remain responsive to a varied range of threats, this innovation will play an important part in minimising casualties and loss of life in combat. Our systems are built using best in class composite materials which deliver superior protection at comparatively lower weights. The lightweight aspect of our LASA® Ballistic Shields enables greater mobility for elite forces, while the introduction of our new trolley systems ensures that manouevrability benefits are maximised to their fullest extent.”

For further information on Morgan Advanced Materials’ range of soldier systems and ballistic technology, please visit www.morgandefencesystems.com/TrolleyShield.

RMA Armament Unveils it’s Newest NIJ .06 Level IV Hard Armor Plate

Wednesday, July 5th, 2017

CENTERVILLE, IA – RMA Armament, Inc., is proud to announce the latest edition to its armor family, the model #1155 level IV hard amor plate. RMA is also happy to announce that this new model has successfully passed all testing at the National Institute of Justice, earning it’s NIJ .06 certification.

The NIJ .06 certified model #1155 hard armor plate is an important addition to the RMA lineup because it not only lives up to RMA’s standard of armor excellence, but also comes at an affordable cost to the end user and boasts a 10-year manufacturers warranty. Now for sale at www.rmadefense.com, the model #1155 is available for purchase at an introductory sale price of $115 per plate. The introductory sale runs from June 22 through June 29.

“We’re extremely excited about the unveiling of our latest NIJ .06 certified level IV plate,” said RMA CEO Blake Waldrop. “RMA was ‘borne from the blue,’ and with this price point – especially on a NIJ certified plate – we’re proving that we also ‘Back the Blue.’ Our desire is that law enforcement in this country can afford to protect themselves and this plate meets that need.”

Not only will the level IV plate be available for purchase in individual quantities, but law enforcement and government agencies will also be able to submit RFQ’s directly to RMA via email at info@rmadefense.com or by calling 866-978-7103.

LEVEL IV (Model #1155) HARD ARMOR DETAILS

-NIJ Certified 0101.06 (Defeats 7.62×63 M2AP rounds)
-10 Year Warranty
-10” W x 12” H x 1” D
-8.3 lbs. (1.9kg)
-Single Curve
-ESAPI/SAPI Cut
-Monolithic Ceramic/Polyethylene Build
-Made in Centerville, IA, USA

www.rmadefense.com

Papa’s Got A Brand New Bag

Monday, July 3rd, 2017

SPARTANAT – B&T Behördentage 2017

Saturday, June 24th, 2017

0 BT Aufmacher

B & T invites every second year to Behördentagen in Switzerland. Around 800 visitors and many companies follow this invitation. The program includes lectures, training – above: car shooting, an exhibition of different companies and of course weapons of B & T.

1 BT-APC-

A novelty of the year at B & T: the APC comes as an assault rifle in caliber .308. This can be used for regular infantry or police use or also a DMR or semi sniper.

2 BT-APC

The rest of the family is well known: APC9 / 45, APC300 and APC556 / 223 are reliable weapons that are strongly represented in the police area.

3 BT-LHT-1

Linderhof Taktik from Germany presented the plate carrier HL – laser cut from their hybrid laminate – and the plate carrier Gen VI. Lindnerhof is strong with Bundeswehr and German special forces. www.lindnerhof-taktik.de

4 BT Revision

First seen in Europe: Revisions Revision Military’s new Caiman Head System. The Caiman Head System is a true full-spectrum special operations helmet solution, and will be commercially available in stages, starting with the Caiman Carbon Bump Helmet System. The Caiman Carbon Bump System-including carbon bump helmet, a streamlined rail system, and an innovative liner and suspension system-will.

5 BT First Spear

Made in USA. First Spear presenting their products at B&T Behördentage. Laser cut and Tubes makes a great combination for a Plate carrier.

6 BT Fibrotex

Fibrotex from Israel with a very nice, flexible BDU and great camo innovations. www.fibrotex-tech.com

7 BT Marom Dolphin

Marom Dolphin also originating from Israel, was showing their plate carriers in Israeli style. This is a very nice, small carrier with an integrated flotation kit. It is inflatable and helps you swimming with your gear in the water. www.marom-dolphin.com

8 BT Ulbrichts

Europe goes antiterror. Helmets are becoming more important, especially for Police. Ulbrichts from Austria manufactures helmets from Titan. ULBRICHTS Protection has provided the police, special units and the military with high quality protective helmets for more than six decades, producing the most modern and effective ballistic helmets for protection against bullets available worldwide – the result of many years of development. The ZENTURIO is their high end product. www.ulbrichts.com/protection/en/products

9 BT USW

USW is B&Ts new pistol. Or to be honest: it is the smallest pistol carbine we know. With a fordable stock and an Aimpoint made red dot – specially produced for B&T – this weapon gives police officers more flexibility to fight als first responders, and not to have necessarily an assault rifle. www.bt-ag.ch/shop/eng/bt-usw/bt-universal-service-weapon–usw-a1-kal-9-x-19-bt-430001

10 BT Baltic Shooters

One highlight at B&T Behördentage was a Car Shooting Workshop with Frank Thiel from Baltic Shooters: training at it’s best. Thiel is a well known als shooting trainer for German SWAT teams and special forces. www.baltic-shooters.de

B&T: www.bt-ag.ch

SPARTANAT: www.spartanat.com

AARDVARK Announce Expansion of Project 7

Friday, June 23rd, 2017

La Verne, CA – AARDVARK is pleased to announce the expansion of Project 7 to include a new ballistic battle belt, an integrated helmet system, and an increase in technology partners including several more of the industry’s top tactical companies.

Effective immediately Project 7 is expanding to include the following new products:

Ballistic Battle Belt (B3X) – Featuring a revolutionary and patented BOA controlled articulating design by Safariland, the B3X is the most comfortable load bearing belt on the market. In addition to Blue Force Gear Ultracomp load bearing MOLLE surfaces, the B3X features a concealed duty belt for holster mounting and Cobra buckle closure. Perhaps most importantly, the B3X adds several square feet of Protech ballistic coverage. Integrating seamlessly with the Project 7 Scalable Entry Vest (SEV), the B3X increases ballistic coverage while making load bearing more comfortable. The B3X is available in 7 color combinations, three ballistic packages, and 4 different sizes.

Integrated Helmet System (IHS) – Representing the state of the art in tactical ballistic helmets, the IHS combines the technologies of Protech, Wilcox, OPS-Core, and Team Wendy into a lightweight tactical helmet system. The IHS is available in 6 color combinations, 2 different weights, and two different sizes.

Asked about these expansions, AARDVARK’s CEO Jon Becker stated “Project 7 is all about working with the industry’s best manufacturers to bring the best technologies together into a single tactical armor platform. Our goal with Project 7 is not just to make great armor, but to deliver a completely integrated and scalable platform for our nation’s tactical operators.”

All products are shown in the new Project 7 catalog released this week and will be available on www.project7armor.com immediately.

Crye Precision – LVS Tactical Cover

Tuesday, June 13th, 2017

Crye Precision has released a Tactical Cover and accessories for their LVS armor which greatly increases the scalability of the system. It features Skeletal Cummerbund, 4 built in mag/radio pouches, heavy duty aluminum shoulder hardware, chest rig attachment loops on front and pack attachment loops on rear.

The LVS Tactical Cover is compatible with AVS front flaps as well as the new 6×6 and 6×9 soft armor and plate side pouches.

Available in all LVS sizes, (Small – 2XLarge including Long sizes) and offered in Black, Coyote, MultiCam and Ranger Green.

cryeprecision.com

Armor Express Awarded Major Contract with Florida’s Orange County Fire Rescue Department to Outfit Firefighters and EMS Officers with Personal Protection Equipment

Friday, June 9th, 2017

Hundreds of first responders to benefit from state-of-the-art body armor, including ballistic resistant vests and helmets certified to NIJ requirements and tested against special threats

CENTRAL LAKE, MI, June 8, 2017 – Central Lake Armor Express, Inc. (“Armor Express”), a leading manufacturer and distributor of high-performance body armor solutions, is pleased to announce today that the Company has been awarded a contract with the Orange County Fire Rescue Department (OCFRD) in Florida to outfit Officers with its advanced HardcoreTM SU carrier and QuantumTM Level IIIA armor featuring ballistic cummerbund inserts for full wrap-around protection. Additionally, Armor Express will provide OCFRD with its high-performance BUSCH AMP-1 E Level IIIA ballistic helmet, featuring uni-size capability.

“We are very excited by this incredible opportunity with Orange County Fire Rescue and our vital partnership to ensure that their firefighting, rescue and medical emergency officers have the most reliable personal protective equipment required,” stated Rex McGrath, Armor Express’ Channel Manager for Fire/EMS. “As the largest fire and rescue agency in Central Florida, serving roughly 1,000,000 citizens and visitors and responding to more than 119,000 service calls annually, we’re honored to support OCFRD with advanced body armor solutions. We’re committed to addressing the unique needs of their first responders, who often don’t know what level of threat they’re responding to. These men and women put their lives on the line every day when there’s a crisis and they ensure our communities are safe. In turn, we stand ready to safeguard them.”

Under the terms of the contract, Orange County Fire Rescue purchased 350 ballistic armor systems and helmets respectively, along with 160 carry bags for proper equipment storage. The award is sponsored in part by the County and by a grant from the Office of the Medical Director.

“Given the extensive history of fire and EMS response to active shooter events, from 1999 at Columbine High School to the Pulse nightclub tragedy last year, and ongoing events throughout the nation and the world, Orange County Fire Rescue is ensuring our first responders are properly equipped and prepared to safely respond and render care to those impacted by violent incidents in our community,” said Chief Otto Drozd III. “All positions on field response units are now equipped with ballistic vests and helmets. Crew members are authorized to deploy the vests and helmets any time they determine there is a risk of violence or explosive threats. When crews are dispatched to a Potentially Violent Situation (PVS), our new procedures require they don the vests and helmets prior to response.”

The equipment has been issued department-wide, and it has already been put to use. First responders from Orange County Fire Rescue recently arrived on scene in ballistic equipment to a deadly workplace shooting. “With the equipment deployed on responding crews, we were prepared to provide victims with the best chance of survival,” continued Chief Drozd.

OCFRD selected Armor Express’ HardcoreTM SU carrier which accommodates soft concealable body armor, while external plate pockets give the first responder the option of adding hard armor protection at any time. It is intended for use as an external garment—worn visibly over a uniform, for example, and consists of two primary components—the BALLISTIC PANELS and the TACTICAL CARRIER or “outer shell”. The Hardcore SU has a lightweight, low profile design with fully adjustable shoulders and waist; it is designed not to hamper the movements required while rendering first aid and extraction. The Dynamic Cummerbund System allows the user to breathe and move much more efficiently. The shoulder strap geometry offers enhanced ergonomics and the liner shell material uses 3D spacer mesh for improved heat, moisture and debris dissipation. The plate pocket offers MOLLE webbing for modularity and optional attachments.

Paired with the Hardcore SU carrier, Armor Express’ QuantumTM Level IIIA ballistic package will provide OCFRD officers with the kind of robust protection leveraged by numerous federal law enforcement agencies. The armor is ideal for firefighters and EMTs in need of a light, flexible, yet sturdy solution. Viewed as a workhorse in the industry, the Quantum is capable of stopping special threats such as the 5.7 x 28 Sporting Round (both Level II and IIIA) and the 5.7 x 28 Lead Free. It is also uniquely certified to the Department of Defense’s standards for fragmentation protection.

Additionally, OCFRD personnel will benefit from the BUSCH AMP-1 E Level IIIA helmet. This ACH/MICH-shaped helmet is made of aramid fibers in a composite matrix. It features fragmentation protection and is tested to V50 > 2130 f/s (650 m/s) 17gr. Another significant feature of the BUSCH AMP-1 E helmet from Armor Express is its uni-size capability, which will enable OCFRD to address the multiple sizing needs of its broad staff in a single solution – making it an extremely affordable option.

In related news, Chief Drozd’s proposal to establish a clear, concise, operational standard to guide fire and emergency service response to active shooter events and other violent incidents was accepted by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Standards Council. The new Technical Committee for Cross Functional Emergency Preparedness and Response begins meeting this month. The committee will establish criteria for all components of emergency response, including ballistic equipment.

McGrath concluded, “Our work with the Orange County Fire Rescue team is a big step in Armor Express’ commitment to working more closely with the Fire & EMS markets and expanding product and service reach to agencies that are depending on personal protection more than ever before. First responders are facing increasingly dangerous environments with the rise of active shooter/mass casualty incidents. On June 12, we will be reminded of the Pulse nightclub attack and remember all those who were lost. We will also acknowledge the important lessons learned and re-affirm Armor Express’ pledge to supporting communities and the first responders who answer the calls for help. Through our continued investment in next-gen armor systems and protection technologies, we will continue to bring the peace of mind they deserve.”

www.armorexpress.com