District POG for Ballistic Vest

Updated: Feb 25, 2020

This Standard Operating Guideline has been established to provide basic operating guidelines for personnel. These guidelines are consistent with the Tactics and Strategy Philosophy of the Pacific Fire Protection District. These guidelines are not all inclusive and may need to be deviated from by the Incident Commander, unit officers and other personnel, as conditions dictate. This SOG does not create rights, or duties, that are enforceable in court.


The purpose of this SOG is to provide a guideline for members responding to or operating at incidents where violence may arise. Each member is expected to know, understand and operate according to this guideline as each situation arises.


1. Safety equipment is provided to give personnel responding to potentially dangerous situations the maximum protection currently available. Caution should continue to be used when responding to all incidents in order to minimize the potential injury to District personnel.

2. Ballistic vests have been proven to provide an effective means to protect the wearer from blunt force trauma, sharp objects as well as gunshot wounds. Personnel should wear Ballistic vests anytime they feel it is necessary.

3. Ballistic vests should be worn when dispatched to the following incidents:

• Any response to nature unknown

• Any response or call to check the welfare

• Any Shooting or stabbing incident;

• Any civil disturbance area;

• Any SWAT standby or police situation involving violence;

• Any domestic violence, family dispute or Address that has been flagged for such;

• Attempted suicide, involving a weapon or by unknown means

• Any incident that may be interpreted as explosive devices (suspicious box, bomb threat, etc.);

• Any time deemed necessary by the IC or person in charge.

This list is not intended to be all inclusive.

4. Personnel dispatched to the above types of incidents or incidents in known trouble areas should don their Ballistic vests prior to entering the affected area and remain in-place until all potential threats have been adequately dealt with.

5. Immediately following an upgrade of the national security level to orange or red, all members should respond to all incidents with Ballistic vests. This should remain in effect until the reason for the increased level can be evaluated by the District for the potential danger to our members. This evaluation process should be performed by the Chiefs, Company Officers, and Safety Officer of the District as soon as can be obtained.

6. It has been the policy of this District to allow the police agency to stabilize situation/scene prior to our members entering the area. This policy should remain in effect to the highest degree. Caution on our part, is our first defense in reducing member exposure to danger.

7. Ballistic vests, when not in use should be properly secured in each vehicle, (see care and maintenance below).

8. Any person participating in the Ride a long Program should remain inside the response vehicle at all incidents where Ballistic vests is being used.

Care and Maintenance:

1. Carrier: Spot clean outer carrier using only warm water with mild detergent. Remove excess detergent using a damp sponge and clean water. Allow carrier and all components to thoroughly air dry.

2. Soft Armor Panels: Remove the soft armor panels from the front and back of chassis and wipe down with a damp cloth. Allow panels to thoroughly air dry.

• DO NOT immerse soft armor panels in liquid, machine wash, dry-clean, or use chlorine bleach.

• DO NOT expose soft armor panels to extreme temperatures or allow protective covering to be compromised in any way.

User Manual – Information

1. User information including the items listed below can be found at

• Basic Care,

• Chassis Fitting Instructions

• Plate Integration

• Side Armor Carrier Integration

• Shield Configuration

• Torso Strap Storage