LITTLE ROCK,Ark.–The first round of paramedics with MEMS received bullet proof vests in an effort to increase safety.

Nearly 220 ballistics vests were hand-delivered to MEMS employees during a special training session.

EMT’s, paramedics and supervisors will be required to wear the vests while out in the field.

The total cost of the vests were nearly $275,000, a little less than $1,000 per vest.

“We have not had any specific incident in our history, but the reality is that when you need one and you are not wearing it, it will be too late,” John Swanson, Executive Director of MEMS said.

Paramedics and EMT’s will start wearing the vests as early as Thursday (10/6).