Firefighters fired up over new helmet policy

Firefighters fired up over new helmet policy

Firefighters fired up over new helmet policy

For many firefighters, the helmet they wear not only protects their head in dangerous environments, but also serves as a badge of honor. This piece of equipment, and the soot that collects on it, is a reminder of all the times they put themselves in harm’s way to save lives and protect property. That is why many New York City firefighters are furious over new regulations that ask them to part with their helmets after 10 years.

According to The New York Post, Big Apple firefighters with helmets over 10 years old must return them by November 6 in order to receive a replacement, free of charge. If these professionals prefer to keep their headgear, they are required to pay $100, with those on the force for more than 20 years only having to pay $50. Firefighters who have served for 30 years or longer do not need to pay anything at all.

At the same time, it is important for firefighters to have the best equipment possible when reporting for duty. In 2012, there were a total of 488,256 fires in the Big Apple, according to the New York City Fire Department’s website.

With such a high volume of incidents in just one city, firefighters are reminded of the importance of staying abreast of the latest safety developments in their line of work. Firefighter basic training and Firefighter safety training may be able to provide the information necessary to update their skill set.

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