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OOB Fire Department purchases ballistic vests

Old Orchard Beach Fire Department is purchasing more than a dozen new vests, worth about $24,000. (WGME)

OLD ORCHARD BEACH (WGME) – Firefighters wear all types of protective gear.

Now a Maine department will also be wearing a new piece of equipment, ballistic vests.

Old Orchard Beach Fire Department is purchasing more than a dozen new vests, worth about $24,000.

The vests are being paid for through a grant provided by national restaurant chain, "Firehouse Subs."

Officials say the vests protect firefighters against sharp weapons.

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