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    Wondering how many depts. out there are allowed to wear shorts on duty? And reasons for and against? Thanks.

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    Well you could have pasted a link to the other thread!

    But to answer your question, we just got them this year and are loving it. Reasons are reduced heat stress and longer productivity . That and the chief got sick of listening to us bitch.

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    I wish we had the option of wearing them! Right now the only issued uniforms we have are either long sleeved or short sleeved uniform shirts and long cargo style pants. They get pretty toasty between May and the end of September!

    The other thing I always liked the look of is a nice embroidered polo shirt with the department name on it. I always thought that they looked sharp, and probably a lot cooler than the uniform shirts that we have now.

    Not sure why we don't have either of these, maybe like MEck51 said, we need to bitch more lol

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    We have shorts but cannot wear them out of the station. When the alarm goes off and I have shorts on I put on the bunker pants no matter what the call is for.

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    Just got them added to our approved uniform policy last month and we love them ! Approved for May 1 thru Sept 30, can't wear to do inspections, fire prevention details, public interaction type stuff but otherwise that is all we have been wearing this summer. Much more comfortable and cooler.

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    He said, 'duty' hahaha

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    "Duty" You made me spit out my coffee! Great way to start the day!

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    They may not look that great, but once you wear them under your turnout gear you will hate pants. You have much better mobility and you are still warm even on the coldest of nights.

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    Last time I wore shorts under my bunkers for a structure fire I got steam burnt just above the level of my boots. If I am wearing shorts and we get a call I will but on my brush fire pants first.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SSHANK42 View Post
    Last time I wore shorts under my bunkers for a structure fire I got steam burnt just above the level of my boots. If I am wearing shorts and we get a call I will but on my brush fire pants first.
    I'm the oppisite I get way to hot with pants on. If I am in my uniform pants when the tones drop so do my pants and just go in my underwear.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mcl312 View Post
    Just got them added to our approved uniform policy last month and we love them ! Approved for May 1 thru Sept 30, can't wear to do inspections, fire prevention details, public interaction type stuff but otherwise that is all we have been wearing this summer. Much more comfortable and cooler.
    You know my department does this same silly nonsense. In this case, are the temperatures on Nov 1st going to be nearly the same as they were on Sep 30th??

    An over/under temperature system or god forbid, whatever your comfortable option in option would seem like a much better deal to me - guess thats why I am stuck a Lieutenant!

    Oh, by the way, currently we have no option. No duty shorts here. We do have lighter, gym style shorts that can be worn while exercising - not "supposed" to be worn on calls without bunker pants.
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    We are permitted to wear shorts during the warmer months. Dates are prescribed, but have been extended when warm weather continues later in the fall than normal. They are considered duty wear and no change is needed for leaving the station on calls or other business.

    Our insurance carrier prohibits shorts while doing yard work at the stations.
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    Working hard to get shorts approved in my department.

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    My part time department has had shorts for about 3 years now and I love them. They are from 5-11 and have a bunch of pockets for stuff (very nice)
    No problems with the heat or blood on EMS calls etc. As a matter of fact when your legs are exposed you are extra careful not to kneel in stuff. So in a sense they are better for that since your pants will not stop blood from getting to your skin.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fireslayer1237 View Post
    I'm the oppisite I get way to hot with pants on. If I am in my uniform pants when the tones drop so do my pants and just go in my underwear.
    I did that for three years in Cali. When I got out here to Nevada they thought I was crazy. Now if I am in my duty pants and the alarm goes off I have to keep them on under my bunkers. Just now starting to get used to it after a year now. I guess all departments have some messed up rules.

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    Im hunting a text version of the fdny study they did that promoted shorts be worn on duty/decreased stress levels...does anyone know how I can find it. Thanks

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    I visited Salt Lake City FD Station 1 last week on a business trip. All crew present were in matching uniform shorts with department insignia on the front of the left thigh.

    FWIW it was after "business hours" on a weekday, it is possible their policy does not allow this during all hours.
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    We got shorts last year. All I can say is AWESOME! Its amazing how much (at least it feels) faster you cool off. Just drop your pants and bam, cool breezes on the fellas.
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    Quote Originally Posted by fireslayer1237 View Post
    I'm the oppisite I get way to hot with pants on. If I am in my uniform pants when the tones drop so do my pants and just go in my underwear.
    you must be a pierce county boy...weirdos.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MattyS View Post
    you must be a pierce county boy...weirdos.
    I was thinking Cowlitz.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ElectricHoser View Post
    I was thinking Cowlitz.
    Wait....theres other counties besides King, Pierce and Snohomish..??! Well, when you are on as high of a pedistal as WE are....all the rest DO appear a bit tiny....
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    Quote Originally Posted by SSHANK42 View Post
    Last time I wore shorts under my bunkers for a structure fire I got steam burnt just above the level of my boots. If I am wearing shorts and we get a call I will but on my brush fire pants first.
    Did you not get steam burns on your arms where your sleeves end? r were you in a long sleeve shirt? I would guess that you may have had your legs in hot water in which case you would have been burned through long pants as well.

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    We can wear shorts here, within dictated dates (earlier/later is up to the Chief). We also run EMS, so my personal preference is not to wear shorts when I am on the Rescue (Ambulance) just because of the increased risk of bloodborne pathogen/other body fluid exposure. I could always put my bunkers on, but that would get awfully hot on some of those long days...

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    The reason I am against shorts is quite simple. Have you noticed what some of us look like when we wear shorts? It's just not right.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GeorgeWendtCFI View Post
    The reason I am against shorts is quite simple. Have you noticed what some of us look like when we wear shorts? It's just not right.
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