Hello all me and some of the guys at the station, where cleaning the station up when we found some old hip boots from like the 80's. and I was just wondering if any fire dept's out in this great country of our's is still old school. With the 3/4 boots and trench coats ?
We still have a few pair around the hall, but they're becomming a rarity anymore. I was never issued a pair but I'll snatch a pair out of the supply area for a flooded basement if I can find a pair that'll fit. My turn out boots are rarely high enough to keep the water out in those situations.
As for the choice to wear those and a long coat into a structure fire. No Thanks. I'd have a hard time crawling on a floor getting caught up in the coat dragging on the floor and all the heat sneaking up from the bottom.
Thank you Chicago for red over black trucks, hot dogs "dragged through the garden" and Da Bears. But I'll keep my bunker pants so that my future progeny may live.
I started out my time in the fire service with the ¾ boots and in the summer they were great, well except for actually fighting fires. (I burned my back side once.) I am glad to have the “night hitch” for daily use now. I think until just recently Boston used the ¾ and were forced to get rid of them. I think the last time I had a pair was in the early 90’s. I found a pair in supply and used the loop whole in the NFPA standards of if it was accepted when purchased or something like that. Eventually the Chief made me give them up but it was nice while it lasted for smells and bells. I did however use my night hitch for real fires.
No kiddin so do we. The pair we have in our case are actually red in color, had them given to us by another dept. This was all we had in the early years, when we went bunkers; we just cut the top off and continue to ware them till we could afford new.