8 bulletproof boards

The National Park Service rangers recently received 18 bulletproof clipboards from Assateague Island Alliance via a donation from Hardwire, LLC. Pictured, from left, are Amy Bracewell, superintendent of NPS; George Tunis, CEO of Hardwire; Nancy Gaither, president of AIA; and Ashlie Kozlowski, outreach coordinator of AIA.

(March 20, 2020) With a partnership between Hardwire, LLC and Assateague Island Alliance (AIA), the National Park Service will have an additional layer of bulletproof protection when on duty.

The NPS rangers recently received 18 bulletproof clipboards from AIA via a donation from Hardwire.

These clipboards provide NIJ Level 3A protection, offering officer safety from blades and handgun and shotgun ammunition.

“The rangers at Assateague Island National Seashore are so appreciative of the community support they have received through this donation,” Amy Bracewell, NPS superintendent said.

The clipboards fit into the rangers’ everyday duties, but provide an added layer of protection should the rangers encounter trouble.

“The park relies on [the rangers] diligent guardianship of our visitors and wildlife, and we are grateful for our friends at Hardwire for giving back to our National Seashore community,” Ashlie Kozlowski, AIA outreach coordinator said.

“This donation is about protecting the people that make sure our National Park is as safe as it is beautiful,” George Tunis, Hardwire CEO said. “The park is a huge draw for our employees. It’s a place to be with family, appreciate the beach, play, and unwind.”

Together, Hardwire and AIA provided the NPS rangers with emergency protection that is lightweight and easy to keep on hand,” Bracewell said. “[The rangers] are passionate about providing park visitors with a safe and enjoyable experience on the island, and these clipboards will go a long way with the safety of our rangers and in turn, the safety of our visitors.”

“Living here with a National Park in our backyard should never be taken for granted, and we want all the rangers to feel valued and protected. This is our way of saying thank you,” Tunis said.

Assateague Island Alliance (AIA) is a nonprofit Friends Group organization that promotes the awareness and protection of Assateague Island National Seashore’s wildlife and natural resources.

The organization also supports public education and experiences within Assateague Island. All proceeds directly benefit Assateague Island National Seashore.

Hardwire is an armor manufacturing company that provides the military, law enforcement departments, schools, and public facilities across the United States with life-saving protection.

Their team engineers lightweight body armor, hard armor plates, ballistic shields, clipboards, bag inserts and vehicle armor to improve the survivability of humans.

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