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    Default Wildland Gear Question

    When requesting wildland gear, can you state that it will have padded knees to double as extrication suits for rescues, thereby giving it a dual purpose? Or not even mention this? We are a small rural fire department and received an 07 AFG for bunker gear...we are requesting the wildland gear to increase the longevity of our bunker gear (we have no wildland gear) Any input appreciated.
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    If you do wildland then you need the right PPE for it, like you said adds to the cost-benefit of the other award.

    If it doesn't meet the NFPA for rescue PPE then might not fly in the reasoning department since I don't think wildland has BSI to it so not supposed to use it for that. I can't see the padded knees costing that much more that it would throw it over the funding limits so toss it in anyway.

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    John, not only will it improve the life of your bunker gear, it will improve the life of your firefighters by reducing risk of heat stress, etc! Just a thought.
    earl

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