Ballistic Armor incorporated into student backpacks in the USA – Growing Trend

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MERET now offers an innovative product line of M4L Ballistic Armor Protection Backpacks for commuters, students, and first responders.  These products arrive after a number of recent active shooter and terrorist attacks across the globe have heightened the need for greater personal safety for students, travelers, and first responders arriving to aid the injured.

“The world has changed.  So we’ve updated our backpacks to provide armored ballistic protection that could save your life if you encounter one of these situations,” said Scott Decker, President of MERET.  “It sounds extreme but this is a new reality if you’re going to travel, commute, or even study.  Why wouldn’t you want the added protection if you’re already carrying a backpack?”

MERET recently collaborated with Angel Amor, a leader in ballistic armor technology, to develop a consumer daypack and re-engineer their first responder bags to include lightweight armored ballistic protection.  Weighing no more than a typical daypack, their new DEFENDER PRO Commuter Backpack can withstand multiple rounds including a 44 MAG projectile, defending the vital chest area and potentially saving your life, all while carrying your laptop and personal items.Ballistic Armor incorporated into student backpacks, Rhonda Massad, West Island News, West Island Blog, M4L Ballistic Armor Protection, MERET, School

In 2016 there were 385 mass shootings in which 4 or more were injured or killed in the US according to Gun Violence Archive as of Feb 14, 2017. And according to the FBI’s study of active shooter incidents between 2000 – 2013, there has been a dramatic rise in active shooter events from 7 in 2000 to over 200 in 2012.  Aside from public fear of these events, the data supports an increased likelihood that more and more people will encounter these scenarios, and the need for added personal safety could be on the rise.

“There are not many ballistic solutions for the average citizen.  The DEFENDER PRO offers a lightweight mobile and portable option for the consumer.  In today’s world, threats can occur anywhere,” said Officer Brian BrownLoveland Police Department, Loveland CO.

MERET’s OMNI Pro first responder bags also have similar armored protection to allow first responders to advance quicker onto an unsecured shooter scene in order to quickly aid and evacuate the injured.  “Our products have always been used to save lives, now we’re hoping to save the lives of first responders as well, ” said Decker.

“Knowing the EMS personnel have ballistic protection allows the entire team to move faster and more secure in an environment that might not be clear of the threat,” said Brown.

MERET, an acronym for Medical Emergency Response Equipment and Technology, produces professional response bags and equipment for emergency markets, fire, police, and the military, and is a trusted supplier to the US Government.

1 COMMENT

  1. Hi Rhonda,

    First of all let me lift my hat to the quality of the craftsmanship of this backpack. As sharp as they are on the textile side of it as weak as they are on the ballistic & technical side of this protective backpack. FYI, they claim that their ballistic protection meets the outdated 0108.01 standards (Sept. 1985) which has been replaced a few times since and now the latest standards are NIJ 0101.06. They claim that the finish product weighs 4.5 lbs. Assuming the backpack alone weighs 1.5 lbs, the ballistic protection (Level IIIA) would be 3 lbs. Way too much with today’s technology. Furthermore there is no mention of the protection area is it 10″ x 12″, 10″ x 14″ or what. In today’s technology, you can get Level IIIA protection on a 11″ x 14″ surface with a weight of only 1 lb.

    Last but not least, these backpacks with Level IIIA protection (assuming they meet the NIJ 06 standards) are way too high. At $ 219.00 US before shipping and taxes is easily the double of the market price.

    Regards,

    Richard
    P.Eng
    Ballistic engineer

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