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Some Jones fire departments buying body armor, ballistic helmets

Some volunteer fire departments in Jones County have purchased body armor and ballistic helmets for first responders. Photo credit WDAM. Some volunteer fire departments in Jones County have purchased body armor and ballistic helmets for first responders. Photo credit WDAM.
JONES COUNTY, MS (WDAM) -

Some Jones County first responders are joining law officers in taking extra steps to protect themselves when working emergency scenes.

A few volunteer fire departments in the county have purchased body armor and ballistic helmets for emergency medical responders.

So far, departments in Calhoun, Glade and Powers have bought the items.

Others are considering similar purchases.

County officials say some firefighters may also wear that type of gear in the future. 

"Our responders are being proactive, our departments are being proactive in providing the necessary protection to these folks to make sure that they get to go home after every call," said Lance Chancellor, grants and statistical administrator for the Jones County Sheriff’s Department.

Chancellor said some fundraisers have been held to help pay for the equipment.

He also said some federal grants could help with purchases. 

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