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    Default History of the LA-style Fire Helmet

    Don't get me wrong, I will not have anything other than a "traditional" protecting my noggin. However, can anyone tell me why and how the LA-style helmet came about?
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    I believe it was created by a group of west coast fire"persons" who felt that they needed to show up those East Coast bullies who's time and battle tested helmet wasn't "progressive" enough.

    They had a show about nursing outside the hospital comming on TV soon and needed something to catch everyones eyes (other than Julie London's chest).

    The overall goal was to develop something so queer that not even Elton John or Liberace would wear it in public!

    Today most west coast fire"persons" are most often mistaken for amature cave explorers or DOT workers....or as so nicely put by ChicagoFF a few weeks ago...who let "Bob the Builder near the fire building?"

    And that is the abridged history of the tactical tupperwear.



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    Quote Originally Posted by FFFRED View Post
    I believe it was created by a group of west coast fire"persons" who felt that they needed to show up those East Coast bullies who's time and battle tested helmet wasn't "progressive" enough.

    They had a show about nursing outside the hospital comming on TV soon and needed something to catch everyones eyes (other than Julie London's chest).

    The overall goal was to develop something so queer that not even Elton John or Liberace would wear it in public!

    Today most west coast fire"persons" are most often mistaken for amature cave explorers or DOT workers....or as so nicely put by ChicagoFF a few weeks ago...who let "Bob the Builder near the fire building?"

    And that is the abridged history of the tactical tupperwear.



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    This really wasn't the intended result. However, LOL and ROFL!!!!!

    Is there anyway we could put on a LA vs. FDNY Truck Company roof-work competition? I think it would be awesome.
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    Come on now, Cali guys are too interested in wildland stuff than actual fires. Sheesh.

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    How can you not like this helmet?
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    FFFRED- This is the story I heard.....

    One night, while enjoying their dinner of Goat Cheese/Tofu Salad and Seaweed/Kelp Soup, someone suddenly had the bright idea to place one of the bowls on their head......And the rest is history!
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    Quote Originally Posted by FFFRED View Post
    I believe it was created by a group of west coast fire"persons" who felt that they needed to show up those East Coast bullies who's time and battle tested helmet wasn't "progressive" enough.

    They had a show about nursing outside the hospital comming on TV soon and needed something to catch everyones eyes (other than Julie London's chest).

    The overall goal was to develop something so queer that not even Elton John or Liberace would wear it in public!

    Today most west coast fire"persons" are most often mistaken for amature cave explorers or DOT workers....or as so nicely put by ChicagoFF a few weeks ago...who let "Bob the Builder near the fire building?"

    And that is the abridged history of the tactical tupperwear.



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    There you have it, ladies and gentlemen. The actual, documented history of the L.A. style construction...Err, I mean salad...Uh, rather motorcycle-looking, it's no wonder it didn't catch on anywhere else, I wouldn't be caught dead wearing it, "fireperson" helmet.
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    There are going to be alot of tears and hurt feelings before this is over...
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    Quote Originally Posted by FWDbuff View Post
    FFFRED- This is the story I heard.....

    One night, while enjoying their dinner of Goat Cheese/Tofu Salad and Seaweed/Kelp Soup, someone suddenly had the bright idea to place one of the bowls on their head......And the rest is history!
    Oh yes... I believe Timothy Leary was there.

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    Talking Must have been something they smoked.

    Being from Mexifornia originally, the helmet you speak of is made by Phenix Fire Helmets. Here is a link to their site that has a little history behind it http://phenixfirehelmets.com/. God, but they are ugly. I really like my traditional leather.
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    The original LAFD was run by a construction company.

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    Thumbs up

    Some firefighters created it when they were worried more about function than fashion.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ChicagoFF View Post
    There are going to be alot of tears and hurt feelings before this is over...


    Yes, tears of laughter! These threads are keeping me on the sane side of insanity. (the other one is the Berzerkley thread!). Thanks guys. .
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    *deep breath*

    This is really no "LA style helmet". They are just seen in the media and in FH magazine so often wearing a particular make/model. Just like there is no "New York style gun". (Glock)

    The quick story I got was two Firefighters thought of the design, had it made up at a fiberglass shop and they then offered it FOR FREE to MSA. MSA turned them down, they went into production themselves and are both millionaires today.

    I got this short story from both of those two Firefighters myself. More info. at www.phenixfirehelmets.com
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    Quote Originally Posted by CALFFBOU View Post
    *deep breath*

    This is really no "LA style helmet". They are just seen in the media and in FH magazine so often wearing a particular make/model. Just like there is no "New York style gun". (Glock)

    The quick story I got was two Firefighters thought of the design, had it made up at a fiberglass shop and they then offered it FOR FREE to MSA. MSA turned them down, they went into production themselves and are both millionaires today.

    I got this short story from both of those two Firefighters myself. More info. at www.phenixfirehelmets.com
    Thanks, Bou! Sounds good to me. Now let the Rotary Saw vs. Chainsaw or radiostrap vs. axe-sheath wars begin LOL!
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    Quote Originally Posted by FDAIC485 View Post
    Thanks, Bou! Sounds good to me. Now let the Rotary Saw vs. Chainsaw or radiostrap vs. axe-sheath wars begin LOL!

    Copy.

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    Bou, I may have to break down and send you a pic...... Although not nearly as good as the last ones I sent you.......
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    Quote Originally Posted by firenresq77 View Post
    Bou, I may have to break down and send you a pic...... Although not nearly as good as the last ones I sent you.......
    Please do.

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    We wear the same helmet as LAFD and LACoFD. I can assure all on these boards none of our departments have ever had a shortage of applicants because of our helmets.
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    Quote Originally Posted by firenresq77 View Post
    Bou, I may have to break down and send you a pic...... Although not nearly as good as the last ones I sent you.......
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    Quote Originally Posted by BKDRAFT View Post
    Some firefighters created it when they were worried more about function than fashion.


    do they actually function that much better than leathers or traditional style helmets?

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    if I remember correctly... Dallas Texas used the same looking helmets for a long long time. Then, they wisened up and discarded them.

    I mean... its worse than eating hot sauce from New York. You got Yankee Hot Sauce and Hippie fire helmets....

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    Ugly, ugly helmets. I was the ONLY guy in my academy class that was issued one, while everyone else got the traditionals. Anyways, I was always told that the salad bowl existed as it was lighter. (We compared one day in class, and mine was equal weight to a traditional)....
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    I think it came from the fact that the California Fire Departments were fighting a huge wildland fire many years ago, and they saw like 1,000 Mexicans running out of the forests with Tortilla bowls on their heads trying to keep the ashes out of their hair and they got this wonderful idea to make a helmet out of plastic that was super lightweight.

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    i'll go with that story
    The Box. You opened it. We Came...

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