COVERT F1 Body Armor

Covert Armor

The Covert Armor F1 is the complete body armor solution designed with direct Firefighter and EMS input. The F1 is designed for Fire and EMS personnel as a one size fits all solution that eliminates the need to have custom sized vests for every member. The F1 Universal Carrier insures you have a properly sized vest for each member if the situation warrants.

The F1 Universal Carrier is the perfect vest for dangerous domestic calls, patients that may become hostile or situations where first arriving personnel may have to operate with delayed law enforcement support. The colors and design of the Covert Armor F1 is based on Firefighter and EMS gear to help Firefighters and EMS personnel be recognized as a non-hostile/medical responders and "NOT" as law enforcement.  A suspect may be inclined to engage targets that resemble law enforcement if the body armor is the same color and design and firefighters and EMS are visibly unarmed. 

The F1 comes standard with Covert Armors standard NIJ 0101.06 certified Level IIIA soft armor panels inserted making this vest light enough to wear for longer periods of time and with greater range of motion than traditional soft armor vests.

Should you need to increase the protection level, the F1 has front and rear pockets that will accommodate Level III+ hard armor steel rifle plates (10”x 12”).  The Level III+ rifle plates are spall coated and are stand alone, multi-hit plates making the F1 a perfect choice for an Active Shooter event or other high-risk scenes where a higher level of protection may be needed.

   NIJ Protection Level    Caliber
IIIA 9mm, 44 Mag.
III+    5.56 mm (.223"), 7.62x39 NATO    


•   One size fits all
•   Fully adjustable and padded shoulder strap utilizing closed cell foam
•   Soft armor Level IIIa protection
•   Front & rear pockets (under ID panels) fit level III+ riflehard armor plates (10”x12”)
•   Large Front Utility pocket with hook & loop closure
•   360⁰ of 3M reflective triple trim
•   Reinforced drag handle on rear
•   Large hook & loop area on front and back for ID placards
•   1000 denier cordura fabric construction
•   Fabric Colors: Red, Yellow, Blue, Black, Tan
•   Triple Trim Colors: Lime/Yellow or Red/Orange
•   Weight: 14 lbs. with soft armor. 26 lbs. with two (2) hard armor steel rifle plates.

ID Panel Titles:
•   FIRE
•   EMS

Lettering Colors:
•   Reflective: Silver, Lime/Yellow, Red/Orange
•   Non-Reflective: Black, White, Grey, Gold

Custom ID panels are available with agency name and logo. Please Contact Us to discuss your agency needs.


In 2022 New York State enacted legislation restricting the sale and possession of body armor. This was done under New York State General Business Law Section 396-eee.
§396-eee. Unlawful sale or delivery of body armor.

No person, firm or corporation shall sell or deliver body armor to any individual or entity not engaged or employed in an eligible profession listed below:
•   Police Officer
•   Peace Officer
•   Federal Law Enforcement Officer
•   Persons in Military Service
•   Armored Car Guard
•   Security Guard
•   Firefighter
•   Emergency Medical Technician
•   Paramedic
•   Ambulance Driver and Attendant
•   Building Safety Inspector
•   Code Enforcement Officer
This list is not all inclusive. A full list of Eligible Professions can be viewed HERE

All individuals and entities must present proof of engagement in an Eligible Profession when purchasing body armor. Proof of engagement in an Eligible Profession may be satisfied by submission of:
•   A professional license issued by a federal, state or local government
•   An employment card or other credential issued by an employer

In the absence of the license or employment card, a form approved by the NY Department of State that is notarized, verifying that the purchaser is engaged in an eligible profession may be presented.
•   Proof of Eligible Profession for Purchase of Body Armor - ENTITY purchase form
•   Proof of Eligible Profession for Purchase of Body Armor - INDIVIDUAL purchase form

Please download and complete the form prior to purchasing body armor. Completed forms can be scanned and emailed to: or US mailed to our main office at:

First Out Rescue Equipment
100 Ensminger Road
Tonawanda, NY 14150

NOTE: Orders received for body armor without the appropriate completed purchase form will be placed on hold until eligibility can be verified.

Pricing Note:  The manufacturer requires that all Covert Armor be priced and sold at "Minimum Advertised Price" (MAP) on-line and in print.  The pricing listed below satisfies that requirement, however the end-user price is approximately 24% less than the MAP shown.  Please use our Request-A-Quote feature at checkout and we will provide you with a final cost, including shipping.

Grouped product items
SKU Product Name Qty
F1-BXR3A-2-FC COVERT Armor F1 Fire & EMS Body Armor
SP6-10x12-SSC Hard Armor Steel Plate (each) - Carrier accepts pair (front & rear)