Lebanon County police departments get new equipment


Municipal police departments in Lebanon County will be getting new equipment at no cost.

North Annville Police Chief Matthew Bartal spearheaded the project and teamed up with 911 Rapid Response, a first responders’ gear store. 

Employees volunteered their time putting together first aid kits.

They’re also giving out ballistic helmets and active shooter vests.

Organizers say while they can’t control the danger they face, they can prepare themselves with safety tools. 

“Our municipalities are always looking for equipment because funds are always low and it’s hard to get equipment,” said Bartal.

“All of this stuff comes in multiple boxes so our staff made an assembly line and we got everything packaged up so these officers and these departments can put them into use immediately,” said Mark Sallada, who owns 911 Rapid Response.

The Fraternal Order of Eagles donated $10,000 to the effort. Community organizations and businesses also donated money.

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