06/03/10 91 W, 1 I - + 9 - 11 Lighter and Lower Profile


You've read about the flat-pack breathing apparatus that's being developed, right? Light, lower profile. Why hasn't someone developed a lighter, and lower-profile fire helmet? But wait, they have! French and other European crews already use the things. Have for decades. Guess it's a different amount of tradition, and change to adapt from. Seventy-some years for the yellow bottles on your backs, versus leather lids that date a couple centuries in origin. Just something I was thinking about.
 





Personally, I’m one for tradition. I don’t particularly care to look like a race car driver in a fire. The reasons for the brim on our helmets (traditional and modern) are to keep hot water and debris from falling on our heads and down our necks in a fire. I’ll grant that I’m sure in some ways a full-wrap helmet like the Euro version pictured are advantageous, I prefer to have my ears protected by the fabric provided and be given a better opportunity to hear the faint cries of trapped victims and to hear what the fire is telling me by its sounds. I also would rather have the water falling on me sheet down my back and over my shoulders than directly down toward my collar. it also doesn’t seem like the European helmet has much room to attach equipment that we firefighters tend to need and use in many different situations.

But I digress…
Duda - 06/04/10 - 09:02

How about the blend, http://www.gtj.org.uk/storage/components.. ?
LJM - 06/04/10 - 09:16

I used one of the old MSA ones that they had for a while! Didn’t like it, yes it’s lighter and no brim to hit the bottle. But even with our ear flaps and hood on you can feel when you get to hot on those old ears and with the euro style you can’t. The other thing alot of the euro firefighters to go as deep into the fires as we do!! Leather forever stay low and let it blow! be safe brothers and sisters! lol, egh jason
Jason Lane - 06/06/10 - 00:04



  
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