BETHEL TOWNSHIP FIRE DEPARTMENT's Blog – November 2008 Archive (1)

History of the Fire Department Helmet

Firefighter helmets, in the earliest stages, were "stove pipe" type helmets that strongly resembled the top hat made famous by President Abraham Lincoln. They were made of a rigid leather material with the name of the department the firefighter worked for painted on the front, and didn’t serve much of a safety purpose, only to signal which department the firefighter belonged to.

The traditional fire helmet was founded by an FDNY volunteer firefighter, Henry T. Gratacap, sometime between… Continue

Added by BETHEL TOWNSHIP FIRE DEPARTMENT on November 21, 2008 at 6:00pm — No Comments

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