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CENTRAL LAKE, MI, April 17, 2018 – Central Lake Armor Express, Inc. (“Armor Express”), a leading manufacturer and distributor of high-performance body armor solutions, will demonstrate its latest ballistic system, carrier and hard armor innovations for firefighters and emergency personnel at the 2018 Fire Department Instructor’s Conference (FDIC International), April 23-28 at the Indiana Convention Center & Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.

“We look forward to another exciting year at FDIC and engaging with the extended firefighting, rescue and emergency medical community. The Fire/EMS community find themselves in increasingly hostile environments and have a growing need for advanced ballistic protective equipment,” stated Steve Murphy, Tactical Channel Manager at Armor Express. “Following our Fire/EMS product launch at the 2017 conference, we have continued to leverage valuable insights and input from those in the field and drive investments in cutting-edge materials, technologies and designs to bring to market the highest-performing, most versatile and comfortable armor solutions yet.”

With the rise of active shooter and mass casualty incidents (re: Firefighter Started CPR on Las Vegas Victim, Then Got Shot in the Chest; Md. Firefighter Killed, Another Wounded in Temple Hills Triple Shooting; Man Who Shot Firefighter in Staten Island Standoff Has Died), firefighters are faced with entering unsecured areas or warm zones to quickly triage, treat and extricate the wounded more than ever before. In response, departments are looking more closely at outfitting their personnel with state-of-the-art protective gear certified by industry standards laid out by the National Institute of Justice (NIJ), National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), for example, as well as providing sound training to better prepare officers for growing threats.

Armor Express’ offerings for head to toe protection will be featured at its Booth #10026, including the Company’s multiple Level IIIA soft ballistic armor; flexible and comfortable outer carriers like the OCS-UVIR, Hard Core FE and Rapid Base Plate Carrier; Hard Armor plates for rapid up-armoring such as the Harrier Line of rifle plates in Levels III, III+ and IV, capable of withstanding today’s rifle round threats; and lightweight Level IIIA ballistic and non-ballistic helmets including the AEX10 PASGT, VPAM-certified AMP-1 TP and AMH-2 (non-ballistic).

In particular, visitors to the booth will see first-hand the Company’s latest ground-breaking outer carriers and ballistic helmets for Fire/EMS:

  • The Overt Carrier System – Unified Violent Incident Response (OCS-UVIR) leverages alpha sizing for multiple officers. This lightweight carrier is worn over a uniform shirt and offers 360-degree coverage with Level II or IIIA soft ballistic armor, protecting personnel from hand gun threats. The OCS-UVIR also enables rapid up-armoring by accommodating rifle protection plates via the external front and rear plate pockets. Shoulder and sides are adjustable and ergonomically designed for comfort, plus an internal cummerbund allows for vest security and best fit during movement.
  • Built upon end-user input, the Hard Core FE Carrier is the first Fire/EMS-specific carrier to safely address a “one-size-fits-most” application that takes into consideration comfort, movement and ballistic protection. As a hand gun rated soft armor vest, it can easily be up-armored with rifle plates. The Hard Core FE is specially designed to protect personnel during an active shooter or hostile event response. It provides robust ballistic protection without sacrificing mobility and versatility and is adaptable to meet the needs of life-saving missions.
  • Certified to the VPAM (HVN-2009), the Gold Standard of ballistic testing within Germany, Austria and Switzerland, the AMP-1 TP Helmet from Armor Express and Busch PROtective weighs an average of 3.6 pounds and is able to stop ballistic threats as close as .78” from the edge and multiple shots on a small surface area. Its increased edge and multi-impact capabilities enhance the helmet’s protective area by up to 50%, compared to standard ballistic helmets. For the risk of taking multiple hits at close range, the helmet transfers and dissipates energy around its shell, reducing blunt force trauma. Its EBSP process reduces energy transfer to the skull to less than 25 joules. The AMP-1 TP also offers high fragmentation protection of more than 2,034 f/s, according to STANAG 2920.
  • The AMH-2 Bump/Impact Training Helmet also from Armor Express and Busch PROtective offers a high level of impact protection, ventilation, and comfort, no matter what the task. The AMH-2 shell is certified to EN 397 for impact attenuation. This, combined with the latest Comfort Protection Pad (CPP) suspension system, offers both multi-impact & shock protection capability. The CPP system can be quickly adjusted, making it easy to tailor-fit specific head shapes/sizes. The retention system uses wheel dial technology which is easy to operate and provides a secure and snug fit.

For more views of these carriers, helmets and other armor innovations for the FIRE and EMS markets, please visit:

A central topic for the conference and Armor Express this year will be the recent authorization of the NFPA 3000, Standard for Preparedness and Response to Active Shooter and/or Hostile Events as a provisional standard, which means it would be available for use as early as May 2018. This authorization by the NFPA Standards Council marks only the second time in NFPA’s 121-year history.

Mr. Murphy continued, “We’re seeing significant strides being made in response to the rising toll of active shooter and hostile events, with the new standard and consideration of ballistic armor equipment being fast-tracked for adoption by jurisdictions nationwide. Armor Express stands ready to partner with agencies (having had the honor to work with Florida’s Orange County Fire Rescue Dept. whose Chief, Otto Drozd III, initiated the development of the NFPA 3000 Standard) in meeting core requirements and supporting first responders with the technology-driven solutions they need to stay safe when duty calls. FDIC will provide the ideal forum for sharing key lessons learned, highlighting opportunities for growth and demonstrating end-user successes. We look forward to meeting with attendees.”

About Armor Express
Armor Express is a leading manufacturer and distributor of high-performance body armor systems. Founded in 2005, the Company has grown to become one of the largest providers of soft and hard armor products and accessories, serving the domestic and Federal law enforcement market, U.S Military and America’s allies around the world. Through its strategic partnerships with technology innovators and its unwavering commitment to advance research & development, the Company’s customers benefit from state-of-the-art protective solutions and best-in-class service. For more information, please visit

Company Contact:
Glenn Wiener
Chief Strategy Officer
Tel: 212-786-6011

Public Relations Contact:
Dionne Manchester
GW Communications (for Armor Express and KDH)
Tel: 212-786-6068

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