Fire Helmet Color - Black Any Hotter?
We're looking for some help, and can't seem to find any information/formal studies on the topic.
Our Department (So.California) is considering switching to a Black New York style (traditional) fire helmet, and many of us our concerned that the black helmet will create an even bigger heat/temperature problem for our Firefighters, particularly in the summer months.
Does any one have any personal experience, links to studies, and/or recommendation on this topic? The temperatures in our area of So.California easily reach 100 + for 2-3 months of the year, and I view this transition as an unnecessary risk to the Firefighters, but maybe my worry is unfounded.
Thanks in advance, for any help you can provide!