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    If you saw my last post I was talking about what helmet to buy for the features, now I have another question, what color? I am on two rural departments at the moment and one uses the standard coloring code, but the other uses just black helmets. And the other thing is that I am going to be transferring departments soon (going to college) and then more than likely a second or even a third time. So my question is, what color helmet should i get that is a good standard color that would be good for most departments? Do most just stick with black or is it more common to have the color schemes indicating rank? Some people I talk to say go with a yellow helmet because that is the standard for firefighter, while others say I should get black if i want (which I do) because it isn't really used as much any more. What do you all think?

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    Use what they issue to you.
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    White is neutral

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    Quote Originally Posted by CaptOldTimer View Post
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    I forgot I like the versatile helmet


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    Yellow is the neutral color in my area.

    If you know what area, you are moving to, best to check with departments there to see what their color coding is.
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    There is no such thing as a standard or generic color.

    Every department uses a different color code. As an example, in my area alone departments use black, yellow, orange and blue for the rank of firefighter.

    The best advice is use the helmet that is issued to you.
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    mauve -----
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    Quote Originally Posted by slackjawedyokel View Post
    mauve -----
    Poor choice. Not fashionable in the spring and clashes with bright colors.
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    Quote Originally Posted by fire49 View Post
    White is neutral
    That's just mean. (Wish I had thought of it.)

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    Use the helmet that is issued to you.
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    Quote Originally Posted by fire49 View Post
    White is neutral
    White? Donít be silly you know you canít wear it after Labor Day?


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    To the original poster:

    What standard color code?

    Really. I have sold fire helmets for 40 years and did not know there is such a thing as a standard color code for helmets. Enlighten me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hunterschade View Post
    If you saw my last post I was talking about what helmet to buy for the features, now I have another question, what color? I am on two rural departments at the moment and one uses the standard coloring code, but the other uses just black helmets. And the other thing is that I am going to be transferring departments soon (going to college) and then more than likely a second or even a third time. So my question is, what color helmet should i get that is a good standard color that would be good for most departments? Do most just stick with black or is it more common to have the color schemes indicating rank? Some people I talk to say go with a yellow helmet because that is the standard for firefighter, while others say I should get black if i want (which I do) because it isn't really used as much any more. What do you all think?

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    Sorry, but I am going to be brutally blunt here.

    USE WHAT IS ISSUED ON THE 2 DEPARTMENTS YOU ARE CURRENTLY ON.

    Look, if you are moving, and not sure where you will be located, why spend money on a helmet you have no idea whether you will be able to use or not.
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    So odds he will buy one of each?

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    I'd custom paint that sucker. Maybe candy apple red with some flame work ghosted in. Some hot pinstripes. Set yourself apart from the others, ya know. Show some flair.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FF-Andy View Post
    I'd custom paint that sucker. Maybe candy apple red with some flame work ghosted in. Some hot pinstripes. Set yourself apart from the others, ya know. Show some flair.
    Or what about a mural of, like, skeleton horsemen galloping in front of a fiery moon, clutching spears as they charge onward toward a faceless enemy?
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    I think OP ought to come up with interchangeable shells, than all he has or anyone has to do is change the shell color for what ever dept they are working for that day.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fire49 View Post
    I think OP ought to come up with interchangeable shells, than all he has or anyone has to do is change the shell color for what ever dept they are working for that day.
    how bout he just carry a couple of rattle cans of fast drying paint in his bunkers ? just don't forget to chunk em before you make entry.
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    My original department issued yellow to the firefighters. All officers were white as I recall. Safety officer was red, and our PIO had an orange helmet.

    My current department uses yellow only for non-certified (i.e.- they don't go interior) members. Black is standard for certified. Captain and Lt get red, Chief/deputy chief get white. Our safety officer is green. Other than maybe the safety officer, this is the color scheme that is supposed to be used in the local mutual aid association- though it's not always followed.

    I will add to the opinion of use what is issued to you- especially if you know you will be moving around.

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