Firefighters and medics are now wearing ballistic vests and helmets when they are called out to a violent or potentially violent situation.
Akron Mayor Dan Horrigan says their firefighters and medics can't help other unless "they are safe and protected themselves".
The protective equipment was purchased using funds from Issue 4, the income tax used for police, fire and road improvements, and a $29,000 grant from the Northern Ohio Golf Charities.
"Providing our officers with this gear will allow them to more safely respond and care for victims at the scene of a shooting or violent event," says Akron Fire Chief Clarence Tucker.
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