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    The question is what stickers if any does your department allow on your helmets. Currently our chief became upset after viewing some of the stickers he saw and ordered all but the flag off.What's your feelings and policies?


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    Friend, you may want to search this one. There was thread a few weeks back that went for a few pages. You may find what you are looking for there.

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    From a business and budgeting standpoint, you're looking at roughly 50 helmets at 200 bucks a piece, or roughly $10,000 dollars worth of equipment. Not a small penny by any means.

    Smaller POC/volley departments, as Chief I'd be ****ed by any abuse of any equipment. Putting stickers on a helmet and labeling it "abuse" is pretty drastic. However, with stickers like "no fear, screw al-qaeda, get'em hot leave'em wet, etc.' would be abuse. Not only are those sayings stupid, but very unprofessional.

    Full time guys probably treat their helmets a little bit better, since the job is their main source of income. 9/10 times people behave a little different at their full time job and a little more immature at their part time job.

    I've seen a guy take his department issued helmet and put it in direct flame impingement, to "make it look cool".

    Now he has a helmet that he bought for roughly $400-$500 dollars on, the thing is CLEAN AS A SILVER DOLLAR.

    Sad that dorks have to ruin it for the rest of us.

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    My department has no regulations on what stickers can or cant be on your helmet and not many in are department have them. We also just swiched to the traditional style six points wich cuts down on stickers. not as much area to put them, my self I like them and have a few on my helmet. as long as they are not volgeer or obseen I have no problem

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    Our dept has a simple unwritten rule about stickers

    As long as its not racial obsene or offending then most of the time their will be no problems. I personally see no point of over doing it in stickers its just something thats gonna melt or burn off anyways

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    Anything goes- obviously obscene and vulgar stickers have no place. The helmet is the one place a little personality can be expressed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by phillipmc
    Our dept has a simple unwritten rule about stickers

    As long as its not racial obsene or offending then most of the time their will be no problems. I personally see no point of over doing it in stickers its just something thats gonna melt or burn off anyways
    Same here.

    I personally have stickers of a flag, 9-11 memorial, and the Worcester 6
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    got my last name on the tail of the helmet, "32" across the back, reflective triangles up along the top, and a reflective irish flag along the side.

    many in our house have stickers, most everyone has the last name across the tail and "32" (our station) but then there are some with the 9/11 memorial, american flags, twin towers, that sort of thing. never have and hopefully never will have to see anything inappropriate.

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    our department had a debate about stickers and decals on helmets. one of our captains wanst keen on it because they would catch fire and melt because they are not nfpa heat resistant. but our cheif didnt seem to care stating "they are your helmets, and i encourage you to characterize them and make them unique hopefully you will pay more attention to it"
    i put my nick name "the italian" on the back bill of my cairns 1010 as well as several decals. and because i despised my face shield i put bourkes and goggles on it too and now i take care of my helmet like its my own kin.

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    Our city department has their names and sometimes, "nick-names" airbrushed across the back of their helmets, and radio number, or station name on the sides. It looks really good, and since they are all the same type of work, it does look somewhat professional.

    As far as our county departments are concerned, as long as it is not racial or obscene.....put it on.

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    I have a leather front with my name on it, no need to add another name on it. I have reflective stickers, but that's all. I had a flag, but after a few fires, it was discolored and charred. When I went to remove it, it left the sticky residue and took more effort to get clean. Goof-Off removed the residue, but I learned not to put stickers on my helmet. I just see no reason for it. I don't mind it, but it isn't for me.

    I have seen some guys with a lot of stickers, some with ragged and worn out ones. The only thing missing from theirs is a little rotating red light on top and a siren mounted to the side. They went a little too far. A few is okay, I guess. But like anything else, when you go to the extreme, it looks unprofessional, causes a mess, and quite frankly, makes you look like an idiot.

    A name, number, flag, or tribute is about all I would suggest. Even then, keep them clean and in good condition. And be prepared to clean a lot of "goop" off when you go to replace them.

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    We had a knob up here who posted his web-site on his helmet!!! No **** so now we get nothing...Not even Remember the Fallen!! and that's what we should be wearing..

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    My department doesn't have anything against them. Most of the guys have traditional helmets and some have the flag that goes around the top. Our Chief encourages us to put some of our certifications on our helmet such as Vehicle Rescue or HazMat Level. For me, I have a VRT sticker, HazMat Operations sticker and a 9-11 memorial sticker. Then I recently got an Irish clover and a couple of others. We have guys who go all out and some who have none. I think as long as it is in good taste then its fine but none of the vulgar/obscene stuff.
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    our department had a debate about stickers and decals on helmets. one of our captains wanst keen on it because they would catch fire and melt because they are not nfpa heat resistant
    If you are in a fire and it it is hot enought to melt any stickers or refelective trim, you have a much bigger problem to worry about.

    Some Chiefs and officers sweat the petty things, while ignoring the elephants in the room called lack of morale, lack of training, lack of camaraderie, lack of a contract. etc. etc. etc.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CaptainGonzo
    If you are in a fire and it it is hot enought to melt any stickers or refelective trim, you have a much bigger problem to worry about.

    Some Chiefs and officers sweat the petty things, while ignoring the elephants in the room called lack of morale, lack of training, lack of camaraderie, lack of a contract. etc. etc. etc.
    Very true, if anything on my helmet catches fire, im getting the h%ll out of there.

    I had a US Flag and a "4th Man" sticker (it was a big thing from a Houston LODD in '01). The top part of my US flag melted down a little bit and both were pretty discolored.

    All I have on my leather is a 343 sticker. I like to keep mine plain and simple.
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    Our helmets have to have an american flag sticker, chief's rule. But he has complained about IAFF stickers on our helmets.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SFDredhat126
    Our helmets have to have an american flag sticker, chief's rule. But he has complained about IAFF stickers on our helmets.
    You should put this on and see what he says!
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    I already have this one, maybe I'll put it on.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jmitchell
    You should put this on and see what he says!
    From the U.S. Flag Code:
    (i) The flag should never be used for advertising purposes in any manner whatsoever. It should not be embroidered on such articles as cushions or handkerchiefs and the like, printed or otherwise impressed on paper napkins or boxes or anything that is designed for temporary use and discard. Advertising signs should not be fastened to a staff or halyard from which the flag is flown.
    Would that not be advertising the union?
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    Quote Originally Posted by DennisTheMenace
    From the U.S. Flag Code:

    Would that not be advertising the union?
    Some people on here don't care what anyone says about the flag and the treatment of it. Heck, some people on here think it is ok to burn the flag and desecrate it however they please because it is freedom of expression.

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