REV Group, a manufacturer of specialty vehicles, has launched the REV Guardian, the first ambulance with built-in ballistic protection. The Guardian is a fully functioning ambulance wrapped in Level IIIA ballistic protection. This provides the same protection as commonly-issued ballistic vests and helmets.
The standard vehicle package contains three pillars of protection: run-flat tire inserts, ballistic glass, and a full envelope of Level IIIA ballistic Kevlar throughout the ambulance.
“While it is unfortunate that this sort of ballistic protection is needed, the market has requested the development of an ambulance that does not look like an armored military vehicle and functions like a normal ambulance while providing increased safety to crews if they are involved in potential active shooter situations,” said Bob Collins, president of REV Ambulance Group.
In addition to providing ballistic protection, the REV Guardian can operate as a standard unit within a fleet of ambulances.