Hey all. Asking for a little help. I’m thinking of typing up a proposal to my fire department to give us a choice in wearing full turnout gear or long coats and ¾ boots. We recently switched to the full turn out gear about 2 years ago. I along with a great number of members don’t like it, and not for the reason of tradition, it’s a matter of fatigue. I don’t think full turn out gear is bad. It does have its place. I just believe a choice would be nice.
So without going on for ever, does anyone out there know of any research or data I can use about firefighter fatigue or fatalities that may have been cause by overheating or over exertion in bunker gear. I have already have read Boston’s study on their issues (by the way, they have the choice). I also plan on visiting the NIOSH web site. If you have any other info, that would be great. Once again, I am not advocating not having full turn out gear, just the choice. Thanks for your time, be safe, stay low.
Not very scientific, but having done both in my life, I prefer full turn-outs. I think the level of protection is far greater. I'd be interested in the studies also. FDNY use to have the boots and coats. Now it's full turnouts.