We are allowed shorts from May 1 thru Sep 30. Shorts are only permitted for field members/officers, be they fire or EMS side, any rank except BC and above (or cadet/below). Staff positions not permitted to wear them at any rank. If shorts are worn, instead of the regular button-down shirt we have a uniform polo shirt (performance fabric-type) that must be worn. Also, no boots or high socks permitted - must be an oxford style shoe and ankle socks; we are allowed a loafer-type oxford slip-on which is what most prefer.
Originally Posted by MG3610
I'm from PA - so I'll say FIIK. (F If I Know)
-In NJ, does anyone know if there are any regulations on this (either DHSS or PEOSH)?
-NFPA 1975 doesnt seem to address shorts specifically, are there any NFPA standards that cover this?
Actually we're generally forbidden from wearing bunker pants on EMS runs, hence we call them shoe runs. Sometimes it can't be avoided, such as back-to-back runs, coming from fire run to shoe run. Reasoning behind this is to not track carcinogen-laden bunker gear into someone's home unnecessarily. Legend also has it (a friend of a past then-commissioner), who had pristine white carpets, until someone took ill there and a whole bunch of filthy FFs showed up in even filthier bunker gear...
-When you respond to EMS calls (on a fire apparatus) are you required to wear bunker pants?
Bunker gear is carried on medic units, but used (almost) only if they respond to standby for a structure fire.
-When you respond to EMS calls (on the ambulance) are u required to wear bunker pants or any other overclothing?
No, kinda. We have two types of accident responses, MVC=minor accident/no entrapment/etc. = shoe run, MVA=more severe than MVC/poss. entrapment/etc. = gear. But MVC is one of those exceptions to the rule of "no gear on shoe runs" - it is our discretion. Personally, I had a poor prior experience on a "MVC" that wasn't, and will respond only with gear, be it MVC or MVA, if possible.
-When you respond on MVA calls (no reported pin) on either firetruck or ambulance, are you required to wear bunker pants?
I'll try to dig up our Directives section that deals with the shorts later.
Any other info or guidance would be appreciated.