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    My cousin has been a volunteer in NY for a while, and he said that he just got his black helmet. What does that mean exactly?

  • #2
    depends on his dept what a black color symbolizes... could be a capt or luet. just depends... or something completely different from all that
    sigpicWhos says Fire Trucks cant be YELLOW!

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    • #3
      It could mean he is out of his probie period as well. Why don't you call him up and ask?
      I know of some departments that give you yellow salad bow's as probie's and Jr's, Then you get a black helmet once you become a full firefighter.
      Firefighter 1/ PA EMT-B

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      • #4
        Maybe this is the one he was talking about?
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        “Guys if you get hurt, we’ll help you. If you get sick we’ll treat you. If you want to bitch and moan, then all I can tell you is to flick the sand out of your slit, suck it up or get the hell out!”
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        • #5
          Originally posted by BULL321 View Post
          Maybe this is the one he was talking about?
          Or perhaps this. I hear retro is in these days.




          honestly - ask him. Different departments have different meanings attached to different colours - there isn't one standard across the board.

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          • #6
            Well, it means you have to love him and accept him because he is family. There will be a period of adjustment, but remember--he is still the same person as before.
            Logic and proportion have fallen sloppy dead.

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            • #7
              Maybe he got his psudeo-tapout/affliction ******bag shirt in.
              ‎"I was always taught..." Four words impacting fire service education in the most negative of ways. -Bill Carey

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              • #8
                In my NY volly dept, black helmets are issued to firefughters. Cairns 1010's or the salad bowls (550 I think). Your choice. A few of the older members still have cows, but most opted for the polycarbonate ones when we switched over.

                Orange scotchlite reflectors mean exterior only.

                Yellow/green is for interior qualified.

                Line officers get red helmets, and chiefs get white ones.

                Last I checked, explorers got yellow with blue reflective stickers.

                I don't recall what probies get... In my day they had green helmets
                (and got called greenies or green weenies if they really wanted to bust your chops. )

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                • #9
                  Why did you not ask him but asked an internet forum?
                  ~Drew
                  Firefighter/EMT/Technical Rescue
                  USAR TF Rescue Specialist

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by FiremanLyman View Post
                    Why did you not ask him but asked an internet forum?
                    Because he didn't want to look dumb in front of a bunch of people.
                    IAFF

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by snowball View Post
                      Because he didn't want to look dumb in front of a bunch of people.
                      Now he looks dumb in front of literally millions of people!
                      ‎"The education of a firefighter and the continued education of a firefighter is what makes "real" firefighters. Continuous skill development is the core of progressive firefighting. We learn by doing and doing it again and again, both on the training ground and the fireground."
                      Lt. Ray McCormack, FDNY

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                      • #12
                        All helmets regardless of color turn black if you where em long enough
                        Do not let the ghosts of our fallen brothers gaze upon you and ask " What have you done to my profession?" FTB DTRT EGH

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by IronValor View Post
                          All helmets regardless of color turn black if you where em long enough
                          How do you WHERE a helmet?
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                          “Guys if you get hurt, we’ll help you. If you get sick we’ll treat you. If you want to bitch and moan, then all I can tell you is to flick the sand out of your slit, suck it up or get the hell out!”
                          - Capt. Marc Cox CFD

                          Nothing in life is so exhilarating as to be shot at without result.
                          -WINSTON CHURCHILL

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Just Wondering View Post
                            My cousin has been a volunteer in NY for a while, and he said that he just got his black helmet. What does that mean exactly?
                            He is a Sith lord and in command of the Death Star?
                            Chief Dwayne LeBlanc
                            Paincourtville Volunteer Fire Department
                            Paincourtville, LA

                            "I have a dream. It's not a big dream, it's just a little dream. My dream — and I hope you don't find this too crazy — is that I would like the people of this community to feel that if, God forbid, there were a fire, calling the fire department would actually be a wise thing to do. You can't have people, if their houses are burning down, saying, 'Whatever you do, don't call the fire department!' That would be bad."
                            — C.D. Bales, "Roxanne"

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by BULL321 View Post
                              How do you WHERE a helmet?
                              I do it all the time...

                              Turnout coat - check
                              Turnout pants - check
                              Gloves - check
                              Nomex hood - check..

                              ...now WHERE in the heck is my helmet?
                              Chief Dwayne LeBlanc
                              Paincourtville Volunteer Fire Department
                              Paincourtville, LA

                              "I have a dream. It's not a big dream, it's just a little dream. My dream — and I hope you don't find this too crazy — is that I would like the people of this community to feel that if, God forbid, there were a fire, calling the fire department would actually be a wise thing to do. You can't have people, if their houses are burning down, saying, 'Whatever you do, don't call the fire department!' That would be bad."
                              — C.D. Bales, "Roxanne"

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