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  • FFDigger
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    For those who work for FDs that allow shorts, could you please email me? I would like to get some letters from Chiefs that allow shorts, so I have some material to back up my reasons for the shorts. I have seen FDNY and other FDs with shorts and do not feel they look tacky. If they help to keep us cool and allow us to work longer, they seem to be well worth it. Thanks!!!
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    Last edited by FFDigger; 10-07-2003, 10:59 PM.

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  • captstanm1
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    My own personal "opinion" is that they look pretty tacky and unprofessional.

    I am also in Florida and we do not wear them but in my second job I travel to Fire Departments that do. I see guys in shorts with knee high white socks or faded color socks... It just is so unprofessional in my opinion.....

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  • closetkd
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    Paid and haven't worn pants in 2 years, florida is damn hot.

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  • Guest's Avatar
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    We are aloud to wear shorts if the temperature is above 85 degrees and if the humidity warrants it! All outside activites are stopped. It doesn't happen much in Portland Maine, maybe 3 or 4 times a summer. Hopefully this info is helpful. I can get the protocal if someone needs particulars. Let me know!

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    CLWFWFD:

    Glad to see your administration recognizes the advantages of wearing shorts in the Texas heat. Maybe they can call down here and convince ours.

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  • Guest's Avatar
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    We wear the 100% cotton BDU type shorts and 100% cotton golf type shirts a blessing in the Texas heat.

    [This message has been edited by CLWFWFD (edited 05-24-2001).]

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    We are allowed to wear what ever we like on duty. Mainly because for those on EMS duty you need to wear a jumpsuit on every call. For Fire you obviously wear bunker gear.

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  • Guest's Avatar
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    Not sure what everybody else on my crew wears at night, but I usually wear a pair of cotton shorts to bed. That way, if I have to get up to use the latrine, I'm not trecking down the hall in my skivies. And now that it's finally getting hotter, I probably will just jump into my bunker pants as-is. (I know that our MasterTech sleeps like that, simply because I bunk next to him.) During the day, we wear cotton slacks and a cotton T-shirt. (Going to that from a polyester/nylon blend uniform - before my time, thank goodness!!) ;-)

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  • Guest's Avatar
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    Two years ago we were allowed to wear shorts
    (by suggestion of the new chief). They are Dickies brand 100% cotton. Out here in the
    big valley it gets pretty hot. The shorts were a Godsend. The catch is we only get to wear them from when the time changes in the
    spring to when it changes back again. I have
    worn them under my drops as well as under my
    grass suit. The only problem I have noticed
    is a need to buy new socks after a worker.
    The advantage is that all of the surrounding
    Depts. are quite jealous.

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  • Guest's Avatar
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    We can wear shorts on duty. I wont wear them to do inspections though. When I am on crash I wear them, we usually don't see much of the public at the airport station.

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  • Guest's Avatar
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    Our Dept just started to allow us to wear short all year round at the firehouse and under bunker gear. Some guys love em no matter how cold it is. But it's about time they did allow us. If your not confortable then dont use em, however it is easier to climb stairs/ladders and it does help in the hot weather.

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  • Guest's Avatar
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    From experience I think wearing pants is better. I have drug my knee through a melted plastic chair before and got 1st degree burns from it on my knee. I do feel that if I was wearing shorts I could have very easily have gotten 2nd degree burns. It however did not burn through my bunker pants.

    However I am not going to make it a point to change in to pants for a fire run I will wear what I am wearing.

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  • Guest's Avatar
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    Neither of the dept's I work for allow shorts on duty, however my vol dept does so long as we put our turn out pants on for calls of any type. I can't be sure, but I imagine alot of it is appearance, part of it is safety. I also think a part of it is, well, *I* don't even want to see me in shorts!

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  • Guest's Avatar
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    Hi Rescue 21

    Just a question;

    Does your department or you feel that you need nomex under your turnouts?

    I know that some departments concern themselves with the NFPA standard, but cotton station wear can also meet the standard, if this is the concern.



    [This message has been edited by Truckman (edited 05-21-2001).]

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  • Guest's Avatar
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    For those of you that are allowed to wear shorts, do they have to be fire resistant ie. nomex, ffr or any other brand? If so where do you get them from?
    I am working on being allowed to wear them at night under our bunker pants. We are allowed to wear short sleeve shirts, but they are fire resistive as well.
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    [This message has been edited by Rescue 21 (edited 05-21-2001).]

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