Non NFPA compliant helmets
Yesterday one of my firefighters came to me with an older Cairns N5, the one without a skull cap, just leather on the inside. He asked me if he was aloud to use it for firefighting and I said I didn't think so but lets go check the SOP's. Well, the only thing I found was the helmet color/rank listing and upkeep of helmets, so I went to the chief and he said, "that's the same type helmet I used when I first started and fires are just a hot now as they were when I rode the tailboard, so he can wear it." Hmm I thought, these helmets are not NFPA aproved because of saftey reasons but the chief dosen't care. Then my firefighter said "your helmet isn't NFPA aproved either." He was right, it does have a skull cap but it isn't NFPA aproved(newer N5). So, the point of this post is how many of you use the N5 without the skull cap or how many use non NFPA approved helmets and what does you department say about it. Also, if something happens to while wearing it, are you covered.