Do wildland gear ensembles have to be retired after 10 years of service?
Hey guys, Im looking into purchasing my own set of Wildland fire pants as my department does not issue them for us. We are a small rural department that does not go to many grass or brush fires, and since we are located in maine we get very few that get past the "grass" fire stage and actually make it into a forest. My question lies in the fact that many stores ive seen them sold at online have brand new unissued pants and jackets that are 1990's era and would be too old if gear has to be retired in accordance with NFPA standards. So far all i have found is that structural gear has to be retired but i cant find anything about wildland gear. At the moment we have guys wearing structural gear for brush fires but as the temp goes up i would not want to be running through the woods with all of that gear on, its far to heavy and hot to be walking miles through the woods with it on. If anyone can help me this would be great. There are some very good deals to be had online but if they are too old to use ill have to pony up the $200 or so for a new pair or stick to wearing my structural gear for now. :(