Thursday, November 13, 2008

Helmet "Bling"

It is one of the quirks of the fire service to be sure. It amazes some and displeases others but it always generates buzz.

The fire helmet is constructed to protect firefighters from injury but more than any other piece of equipment, including apparatus, the helmet is most often discussed and personally outfitted. In short some firefighters like to put "bling" on their helmet.

From the shamrock to IAFF stickers, a grinning bulldog or the American flag the helmet sports as many looks as their are firefighters. It's a great source of pride for people on the line.

What matters though, more than looks, is functionality. Will the helmet save your noggin? Bling is fine but breathing is far and away more important.
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4 comments:

  1. oh yes you have to have some person ality when your doing your thang out there.....my last helmet had the following on it.....

    "this end up handle with care"
    and

    "Fragile"

    and

    or course there was the American Flag....Apple Pie anybody....!!!!

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  2. when i left the fire service the guys found my last helmet in the quartermaster tent and gave it to me....I was on a plane back to the state where I retired to and in the wait lounge I had it on my lap...just after 911...a security bozo came over and said in front of about 75 people...."rather clean helmet, are you a firefighter? To which my witty self replied "yes". He then commented that it was "pretty clean for a fire helmet" again my witty self came out and said "yes it is.....helmet number 5 in a 26 year career...you do not want to know what happend to the other ones". To which the less than smart a_ _ sercurity type tucked his tail between his legs and crawled out of the lounge with a few side bar comments hurled at him from the crowd.....

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  3. T.B.I. or traumatic brain injury from a shock load to the head or from exposure to an explosion....your helmet is your life...wear it with the visor down and the chin strap done up...anything else...is well...just dumb....Have a good examination of your "brain bucket" on a regular basis and check for cracks and wear and tear....A helmet that is heat stressed beyond the rated capacity or dropped and has hairline cracks can kill you when you want it to operate at "peak design limits".....

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  4. T.B.I. or traumatic brain injury from a shock load to the head or from exposure to an explosion....your helmet is your life...wear it with the visor down and the chin strap done up...anything else...is well...just dumb....Have a good examination of your "brain bucket" on a regular basis and check for cracks and wear and tear....A helmet that is heat stressed beyond the rated capacity or dropped and has hairline cracks can kill you when you want it to operate at "peak design limits".....

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