The Vancouver Police Department recently began training together to work closely in delivering potentially life-saving capabilities into "warm zones" in which an active threat may still be lurking.
According to CTV News, the new unit—dubbed the Rescue Task Force—will place firefighters in ballistic vests under escort of police so that victims can be cared for more quickly.
Firefighters under armed guard can then triage wounded individuals and get them out to waiting ambulances.
So far, about 400 of Vancouver's 800 firefighters have been through the training as well as 700 Vancouver police officers.
The ballistic vests for the firefighters have been deployed at various locations in the department.