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    Default Have you ever seen a chief with black gear?

    Just got hired at a new department, and started this week. One of the biggest surprises I saw this week is that the chief has black gear. I've never seen or heard of that before. Have any of you?


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    I forgot to add that everyone else on the dept. wears tan gear, regardless of rank.

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    My chief wears a black helmet. The reason for this is because our former chief was a real dill hole. He wore a white helmet. Current chief wants to be as far away from there as possible...hence the black helmet.

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    If you are the chief I bet you can were what you want, We follow a countywide helmet code so the black helmet for the chief would be out of the question...But If the chief wants to were black gear....Who's going to stop him??
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    our Chief wears tan just like eveyone else .........we do however have the white helmets.
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    Originally posted by Weruj1
    our Chief wears tan just like eveyone else .........we do however have the white helmets.
    ours is the same way.
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    All of our chiefs have white helmets and white gear. All the FF's have tan Securitex gear.

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    What is the outer shell of you gear made out of? That's the most likely reason white hats not having white coats. The only material that I know of avalible in white is nomax. All of your modern fabrics, (PBI, advance and fusion being the most popular) are not availible in white.

    Most departments (including mine) have gotten away from nomax because it breaks down easier than the others mentioned.
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    I think E40 summed it up well!

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    Haven't seen it out here, but then, you don't see black gear out here very much. Have seen it elsewhere in the country though, but not usually unless the rest of the department wears black too.

    To echo what Weruj and Moose said, our Chief wears the same turnouts as everyone else, but he and the BCs do have white helmets. Captains' are red, FFs/Engineers' are yellow.
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    All of our Chief's look like the Michelin (SP) man.... They where all white gear and white helmets. Most of them either wanted to keep all tan gear like everyone else or at least keep tan pants, but City Chief said no,,,,,,,,,,,

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    We have lime striping, the Michelin man doesn't.Maybe he didn't get that option offered to him (the michelin man that is)....

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    Default Re: City WHO????

    Originally posted by Fire40man
    We have lime striping, the Michelin man doesn't.Maybe he didn't get that option offered to him (the michelin man that is)....
    WHat does he have?

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    Do they have a blinking light? If so what color? 201

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    My department has Tan Firefighting gear with florescent yellow stripping.

    Our helmet colors are Yellow for Firefighters, Orange for Ltís and Red for Capts, White is used for Chief Officers.

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    Our Chiefs have white coats and helmets but have the same tan bunker pants as everybody else on the dept. They won't win any awards at the fireground fashion show but then again, they should have more important things to worry about than what they look like, right?
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    When I first join my dept in the early 80's our chief had all
    white gear helmet,pants,coat but now black pants,white helmet & coat.
    If we don't do it nobody else will!!!!

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    The only reasons that fire department puts chief officer's in white gear is for them to stand out. This may be of some great importance in the large departments. FDNY uses black gear for its chiefs. The helmet is white.

    My department had the chiefs in black gear and white helmets for years. Only the fire chief had all white gear. Now all chief officers wear all white. Since they are purly command officers, and stay on the outside, the gear doesn't get nasty like the members fighting the fire does. They first complained that they would get the gear dirty by wearing white. Just the same thing they said when we put them in white shirts. They will get dirty. I change my uniform daily and have on occasions changed several times during the tour.

    There is nothing wrong with everyone in the department wearing the same gear and color as the everyone else does. Our last chief of department worn tan gear like everyone else did.


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    I'm still trying to picture a Chief actually wearing turnout gear.
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