Council Memo

Approval of City Contract No. 2020-139 to Accept Arizona Department of Homeland Security Western Region Award Committee (RAC) FY2018 Reallocation Grant Funds Towards Purchasing Five (5) Pieces of Level IIIA Body Armor, in an Amount not to Exceed $3,213.27. Funding is Available in the Fire Department Budget (Grant Fund).




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Recommended Action: MOVE to approve City Contract No. 2020-139 to accept Arizona Department of Homeland Security Western Region Award Committee (RAC) FY2018 Reallocation Grant funds for the purchase of five (5) pieces of level IIIA Body Armor, in an amount not to exceed $3,213.27.


Item Summary


The Prescott Fire Department (PFD), in conjunction with the Prescott Police Department (PPD), has adopted a joint Standard Operating Guideline (SOG) for active shooter incidents. The SOG reflects current best practice in the first responder community for active shooter response. As part of this SOG, PFD works in unison with the PPD to treat victims in active shooter environments, which require a degree of ballistic protection. The equipment approved for purchase through these grant funds will increase our original protection from one (1) engine company to five (5) in such an environment.




According to the FBI, an active shooter incident is one where three (3) or more people have been shot or killed by an attacker, unrelated to gang activity or other crimes being committed. While incidents in which large numbers of civilians are attacked in metropolitan areas stand out in our minds, the difficult reality is that communities of any population size can find themselves victimized by a single attacker. FBI statistics show that there has been a six-fold increase in active shooter incidents from 2000 to 2016, with no direct correlation between population base and frequency of incident. The potential for an active shooter incident in the City of Prescott was demonstrated on April 24, 2017, when a man began violently discharging a weapon in a populated area of the city, requiring neighbors to evacuate or seek shelter in place, and eventually leading to his death. If not for the rapid response of PPD, the situation could easily have escalated to the point where multiple civilians were injured or killed.

Previous active shooter incidents, such as what occurred in Las Vegas on Sunday, October 1, 2017, have demonstrated that the most effective way to save the lives of victims is to integrate medical response into the police action. Without discussing specific response details, the PPD and PFD have implemented an active shooter SOG that increases coordination between both agencies to allow for rapid treatment of victims of an active shooter situation, even as the incident develops. The goal is to prevent victims of an active shooter from dying due to treatable injuries prior to the conclusion of the incident.

For such a response to be effective and have a relative measure of operational safety, first responders with medical care assignments need to have a degree of protection from the active shooter as they are treating patients. Since ballistic protection is designed to be specifically fitted to each individual, sharing gear is not the most optimal approach to providing protection for PFD first responders. However, the current thought when assessing this situation, from the perspective of the PFD, is that some protection is better than no protection. Using these grant funds is another reasonable step towards ensuring that the first responders working for the PFD are able to care for patients while providing for their own safety, as we continue to work towards making ballistic protection a routine part of our department’s PPE in the future.

Outfitting all front-line fire department response apparatus is a main focus for the PFD FY2020 budget. With the previous Council acceptance of the SHSGP reallocated FY2016 grant funds, along PFD budgeted funds and with the acceptance of these FY2018 reallocated grant funds, all front-line fire department response apparatus will be outfitted with ballistic protection for Fire personnel.


Financial Impact


The cost for ten (10) ballistic vests was purchased with FY16 reallocated grant funds.  PFD included a budget request to purchase eleven (11) more ballistic vests in the FY20 budget proposal, in order to finish equipping all front-line apparatus. With the purchase of new apparatus, a need for five (5) additional ballistic vests arose, which the cost would be covered by accepting these FY2018 reallocated funds.  Body armor has an end of life date and future replacement costs will be budgeted for by the department.

Meeting History

Jan 14, 2020 3:00 PM  City Council Voting Meeting
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MOVER:Steve Sischka, Councilman
SECONDER:Billie Orr, Mayor Pro Tem
AYES:Greg Mengarelli, Billie Orr, Steve Blair, Phil Goode, Cathey Rusing, Alexa Scholl, Steve Sischka