Standard or Fitted Turnout Gear?
Are you measured for your turnout gear or issued standard (S M L XL etc.) gear? Also, there are many female firefighters. Are the females wearing smaller size "men's or standard" gear or are they issued or purchasing proportionate fitting turnouts?
My first set of turnout gear, that I purchased, was a quick measure and a standard set of gear. The gear I have been issued in my department was measured to fit properly.
Our department's policy is you get issued what's on the rack until completeing your basic and probation, then they will have you fitted for your gear.
It's about EVERYONE'S safety
It's about time we demand EVERY firefighter be custom fitted!!! I know, I know, that's not how it works around here, kid. Keep your mouth shut and do what you're told. BUT to me this is a safety issue NOT a comfort issue!!! What good is a FF next to me whose gear is so loose that I can slide a soda can down their pants? They can't even climb down a ladder properly! The right turnout gear is as important to the entire group on duty with this individual as it is with the actual individual wearing the improper gear.Remember the old saying," A team is only as strong as its weakest player". Also, I know the budget for the FIRE ACT grants keeps getting smaller and smaller each year but why can't each dept. apply for a grant through The U.S. Department of Homeland Security for their turnout gear needs? Almost everyone agrees that their department doesn't have the funding or budget approval to spend money on such an "unnecessary" item. If it comes down to the bottom line(money)and it always does, then it is my belief that every single Fire Dept. in The U.S. should aggressively seek the necessary funding through The FIRE ACT to properly prepare and fit their personnel with clothing that provides comfort AND safety for all!!!