Originally posted by FFFRED
I would contact the Jakes in the Boston FD. Only a few years ago switched back to allowing members based on their roles and assignments and personal preferences wear what they wanted.
This way the city provides the gear and they can't get sued if you don't wear it and get some burns or if you do wear it and have a heart attack or heat stroke.
They did find that the incidence of heart issues increased with the use of bunker gear and burn injuries didn't change. Therefore they decided that especially in the summer months if the members lets say on the truck want to wear the old boots...there is nothing statistically/logicly stating that they shouldn't be able too.
Also let me caution you bro, outside of the Windy city, Boston, San Fran/Sacramento/Oakland and FDNY guys on this forum you are probably going to get a bunch of safety susies from everywhere telling you and everyone how dangerous it is to wear 3/4 boots. :rolleyes:
There are good arguments on both sides however many see it as a one way situation.
Just thought I'd warn you.
Stay safe bro.
PS= As an Engine guy I can see the preference for bunker pants, when working in certain positions in the Truck I can see the postive aspects for wearing 3/4s or work boots (OVM, Roof etc.)