The Armor Made With Firefighters In Mind

The First Responder is the complete solution for all emergency responders. The First Responder is designed by EMS / Fire Rescue personnel FOREMS / Fire Rescue personnel. Our vest provides the same level of threat protection as that used by Law Enforcement but WITHOUT the look of a Law Enforcement vest. It was designed around Bunker / Turnout gear that is worn every day by Fire-Rescue personnel. Fire Rescue and EMS personnel can now be seen as a Medical Response versus a Law Enforcement response. This will also eliminate any confusion while working in the warm zones.

Ballistic Gear For Rescue

The carrier is very comfortable and designed as a one size fits most. This will alleviate the need to make sure each individual has their own sized vest. When worn in conjunction with our NIJ certified level II or IIIA soft armor panels, this the perfect vest for dangerous domestic calls. By adding NIJ 0101.06 10” x 12” SAPI/ESAPI hard armor plates you have the perfect vest for the Active Shooter / Violent Incident Response. The First Responder Carrier has 70 square inches of reflective tape, to help with the identification of personnel in low light situations.


  • One-Size-Fits-Most design. Adjustable waist from 20” to 63”.
  • Expandability up to 76”.
  • NIJ 0101.06 Certified Level III Soft Ballistics.
  • Two-Piece Ballistic System, one front panel and one rear/cummerbund panel.
  • Provides 360-degree ballistic protection.
  • Fully adjustable shoulder straps to accommodate for varying chest girths.
  • Shoulder area includes framework to accommodate ballistic inserts.
  • Front and rear plate pockets to accommodate 10” x 12” Rifle Plate Protection.
  • Wide “Bunker Gear” style front pocket with internal elastic retention for IFAL / Radio or general storage.
  • Heavy duty rear drag handle.
  • Front and rear hook and loop ID attachment platform.
  • 1000D Nylon construction.
  • NFPA 3000 compliant.
  • Berry Compliant – 100% made in U.S.A.
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  • Reflective Striping
  • Custom ID Panel
  • MOLLE attachments on Front, Sides & Rear

Available Colors: 

  • Coyote, Black, Red, Blue, Ranger Green, Wolf Grey

Our First Responder Ballistic Panels are backed by a five-year limited warranty. The First Responder carrier is backed by a 24-month limited warranty against manufacturer defects.

First Responder Level IIIA is NIJ 0101.06 certified and we are listed on the NIJ CPL website –

We ARE end-users. The First Responder was created and developed by firefighters, that are currently in the industry. Looking for a ballistic system that was easy to self-don, easily adjust and one that could “fit-the-seat” so not matter who was in the “seat”, they would have a properly sized and correct fitting vest. The First Responder is the perfect vest for dangerous domestic calls, patients that may become hostile or situations where first arriving personnel may have to operate with delayed law enforcement. The colors and design of the First Responder are based on Firefighter and EMS gear to help Firefighters and EMS personnel be recognized as a non-hostile/medical responders and “NOT” as law enforcement.

The First Responder ballistic armor carrier comes in Coyote, Navy Blue, Black, Red and Yellow. The carrier is trimmed with either Yellow/Silver or Orange/Sliver reflective trim and comes with front and rear ID panels.

Currently, we serve only public safety, Law Enforcement, Private Security and Military clientele. If you have a specific need or business opportunity that warrants consideration, please contact Fire Armor Ballistic Systems at

First Responder Vest Recognition & Awards

2020 EMS Today New Product Showcase

Journal of Emergency Medical Services

2019 EMS World Innovation Awards