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    Ok so heres my situation, i just recently turned 18 and am eager to join my local volunteer district. my father is already on the department, so he has shown me first hand what goes on and it just makes me want to join even more. also the fact that there is only 4 active members on our department and they are desperately looking for more volunteers. my problem is that i am a big dude, thus the boots the other guys wear (honeywell rangers) dont fit my calves very well. i am in good shape physically just a beefy guy not that i am a fat guy i am strong and have decent cardio.

    now before you go telling me i need to lose weight and all please realize i am currently on a diet and exercising every day. i have lost 35 lbs in the last 3 months and am still dropping.

    so the question is that since the boots dont fit, what can i wear? i know globe makes a wide calf boot but i hate the district spending so much on a pair of globe boots for me while the rest of the guys wear unconfortable rubbers. and we dont have the money to upgrade everyone gear. we dont have a lot of guidelines on our gear since were such a small department. thanks for reading
    Last edited by codyloman24; 09-29-2015, 08:19 PM.

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    If you are going to make entry into IDLH environments, even IDLH training environments, you have to have compliant gear. God forbid you get hurt or worse wearing non-compliant gear. A compliant set of rubber firefighting boots is not a lot of money. Department is going to have to buy you a set.
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    • #3
      Why don't you chip in and pay the difference?? That way you're really not getting any advantage over anyone. Years ago before we started buying the better leather boots and helmets, my POC dept. let FF's pay the difference to upgrade to better boots and helmets if they wanted.

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      • #4
        nafeco.com

        I bought a brand new pair of leather boots from these folks for $150 plus shipping. They're amazing compared to the old Hellfire rubbers.

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        • #5
          You don't need the most expensive pair to improve on rubber boots either. I have Thorogood's budget leather boots (don't remember the model) with my volly gear. I bought myself some Black Diamond boots for my paid dept.

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          • #6
            You need to call Haix and see if they have any pairs in their factory seconds or clearance inventories that will fit you. I have bought leather boots from them at times for $69.
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            Originally posted by Rescue101
            I don't mind fire rolling over my head. I just don't like it rolling UNDER my a**.

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            • #7
              It is far more simple than it is being made to be here. The fire department has an obligation to equip you with proper PPE.

              We had a guy back when this was a big deal to fit someone, who had size 16 feet. We searched and searched until we found a company that had size 16 fire boots and we ordered them. You FD needs to do the same for you.
              Crazy, but that's how it goes
              Millions of people living as foes
              Maybe it's not too late
              To learn how to love, and forget how to hate

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