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    how do leather boots hold up as far as fighting aircraft fires with the fuels and oils or are the rubber boots the way to go

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    What about the ARFF rubber boots...are they better? Any better heat deflection?
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    Leather boots have to be treated with some sort of water sealer such as mink oil every so often. They will work but take some extra care.

    The ARFF rubber boots won't make a bit of difference. If your feet feel heat, you are either standing in it or dead anyway.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dickey View Post
    Leather boots have to be treated with some sort of water sealer such as mink oil every so often. They will work but take some extra care.

    The ARFF rubber boots won't make a bit of difference. If your feet feel heat, you are either standing in it or dead anyway.
    God I hate myself for what I am about to say.

    The NFPA has different standards for structural firefighting boots and ARFF boots. If the boot doesn't specifically say it is ARFF certified it shouldn't be used for ARFF applications.

    I certainly would NOT use leather boots in that application. Once they absorbed JP-8 they would be junk because you would never be able to decon them.

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    I agree with FyredUp with regards to structural boots absorbing JP-8. ARFF boots although designed to keep POL's out, they can become saturated if you are standing in a poll of liquid. ARFF boots are designed to reflect the radiant heat and nothing more. They are heavier because of the need to reflect the heat and not melt. But as Dickey stated, if your feet are hot, you are close to death. Hell is just a few steps away.

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