Ok... this is it... finally, a place where we can discuss one of the more important issues facing today's fire service, fire helmets. There is just so many things about helmets that need to be identified and discussed to enable folks to understand everything there is to know about their fire helmets such as:
1 • Do you prefer Cairns verses the Bullard/Phoenix styles?
2 • Would you consider using one of the MSA French style fire helmets?
3 • Do you have a favorite color for a fire helmet?
4 • Do you prefer the generic as the come style of fire helmet or do you prefer to have them painted like the stars and stripes helmet shown above.
5 • Does your department allow you to put stickers and names on the helmet?
6 • Do you prefer leather verses plastic for helmet construction and why?
7 • Do you like flip down helmet shields or the individual eye flip down protectors?
8 • Do you attach a flashlight onto the helmet and if so, do you use a section of cut rubber intertube stretched around the outside of the helmet to hold a disposable flashlight or do you use a flashlight mount for connecting a maglite or other commercial style flashlight?
9 • Do you attach passport tags under the rear bill of helmet and if you don't where do you carry them?
10 • Does your department use the sides of the helmet to denote which engine or truck company you are assigned too?
11 • Does your company officer where a different color helmet than a firefighter or engineer.
12 • Does your department follow along the general guidelines for SoCal where firefighters and fire engineers wear yellow fire helmets, fire captains wear red helmets, chief officers wear white helmets and ems folks wear blue?
As you can see, there is a myriad of unanswered questions when it comes to fire helmets. Hopefully this post can shed some light on the subject for all to enjoy and learn from.