VIDEO: We all know being a first responder can be a dangerous job, but some firefighters are now dealing with new safety concerns.
"It's a dangerous job but it’s a very rewarding job," said Cpt. Tom Beaver, with the St. Paul Fire Department.
It’s a responsibility the men and women of the St. Paul Fire Department don’t take lightly. Being one of the first to respond during emergencies.
"It's risky, unnerving," said Cpt. Beaver.
A critical part of that response effort is being equipped with the proper protective gear to keep those who risk it all on our behalf safe.
From structure fires to mass shootings, fire fighters are there.
"They’re coming to treat those victims," said Jake Skifstad, Founder of SHIELD 616. He went on to say, "our firefighters, our paramedics, a lot of them don’t have anything - not even a soft vest.”
Which is why Skifstad is making it his mission to supply fire departments near and far with an added layer of protection at a time when violent crimes are at an all-time high.