Armor NOW is an educational campaign aimed at building awareness around the emerging threats first responders face on the job, providing educational tools and resources to help EMTs, paramedics, fire rescue personnel, and law enforcement officers protect themselves as they protect our communities. Beyond education and training on topics such as armor and other lifesaving gear, Armor NOW is a program developed to connect the first responder community, facilitate active discussions about emerging threats, and serve an advocacy role to help get protective gear into the hands of those who need it most.
The Armor NOW program would not be possible without the knowledge and expertise of our Advisory Board members, who have nearly a century of combined EMS and law enforcement experience.
Having worked in all aspects of public safety from EMS, Law Enforcement and Fire Service, Chapman brings a multifaceted view to the table. He was responsible for the development of multiple editions of the PHTLS textbook and the Tactical Emergency Casualty Care (TECC) course for NAEMT and currently serves on the Committee for TECC.
Harding is a founding member of the Technical Rescue Team for the Greenburgh PD and serves multiple roles, including overall operations for the Ambulance/EMS Division. He also serves in the Office of Fire Prevention and Control for the State of New York and regularly trains EMTs and Paramedics throughout the country. Harding is the 2015 recipient of the PHTLS Program Award from the NAEMT.
Bershad serves as a Detective in the NYPD Emergency Service Unit. His training includes Haz-Mat Tech, Tactical Medic, Heavy Weapons, Hostage Negotiations, Rescue Diver and Fire Rescue. Bershad also instructs at the Specialized Training School, as well as multiple outside companies for Tactical Medicine, ALS and BLS.