Excerpts from the Herald-news.com:

Joliet firefighters and paramedics are getting ballistic vests and helmets as firefighters across the country are being equipped for the possibility of entering mass-shooting situations to aid victims.

The city council approved a $32,882 bid for 49 ballistic vests and 49 helmets. The protective equipment will allow paramedics to enter a building where a mass shooting is active under the protection of police to get into a secured area to treat victims. The equipment is compliant with best practice standards set by he National Fire Protection Association.