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    Hi everyone,

    They tell us we'll be in bunkers by X-mas. Turnout gear has always meant long coats and hip boots in Chicago. I think most guys prefer the long coats, even those of us who haver suffered burns to our legs.

    Any comments on making the transition. Any preferences? Thanks
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    Sorry to hear that (for those who don't want the change). Will you guys have the option of wearing either bunkers pants or hip boots, like Boston?

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    • #3
      This is gonna be fun to watch. T.C.

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      • #4
        Well, some of your people will like the bunkers, some won't. I hope you guys get some Morning Pride or other quality bunker gear out of this.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Rescue101
          This is gonna be fun to watch. T.C.
          Oh, did you hear that big crash too? It must have been ChicagoFF falling off his chair!
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          • #6
            Originally posted by Rescue101
            This is gonna be fun to watch. T.C.

            Dang right!!!! Got the popcorn popin now.

            Lot's of guys who don't want to change in that town. No offense by any means. I got a lot of crap from CFD guys for wearing bunkers where I used to work. The CFD guys did and still do lots of fire and they do a great job at it too so don't jump down my throat.

            When I started, that's all we had was the 3/4 boots. They did ok but on your hands and knees the water would run in your boots and would collect debris and stuff. They were great for grass fires but that was about it. I think it's madness not wearing bunkers. It's the "100 years of tradition unimpeded by progress" type of thing. Only my opinion. I actually had a CFD Captain told me that he would rather loose a few layers of skin off of his ears and know when to get out then to wear a hood and get caught in a flashover. Guess it's all in the training you recieve and the philosphy you follow. Nothing is really wrong, nothing is really right, just varying degrees of safety and your view of what is safe or not. If you feel wearing 3/4 boots and no hoods is safe and the way you want to do it, great! More power to ya. Just not for me.

            The moral of the story......it is all what you are used to working with. Wear what you like but be safe about it.

            Ok, sitting back and watching..................
            Last edited by Dickey; 09-14-2006, 06:07 PM.
            Jason Knecht
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            Township Fire Dept., Inc.
            Eau Claire, WI

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            • #7
              I will believe this when I see it. This should be an interesting thread. I even see this being hijacked into the whole bunkers VS hip boots debate, and from there the hood debate. enjoy.
              J
              It's not the size of the dog in the fight, it's the size of the fight in the dog.

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              • #8
                Some advice that still holds true for a thread such as this.
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                Tom

                Never Forget 9-11-2001

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                • #9
                  Nice Smokey.........


                  Got my helmet on and my seat belt fastened.
                  Jason Knecht
                  Firefighter/EMT
                  Township Fire Dept., Inc.
                  Eau Claire, WI

                  IACOJ - Director of Cheese and Whine
                  http://www.cheddarvision.tv/
                  EAT CHEESE OR DIE!!

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                  • #10
                    When I read the content of this thread, all I could think of was those stupid drills we did in elementary school
                    Tom

                    Never Forget 9-11-2001

                    Stay safe out there!

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                    • #11
                      Hmmm...

                      I wonder if they'll start issuing them salad bowls to wear too.




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                      • #12


                        This one may get interesting !
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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by NYSmokey
                          When I read the content of this thread, all I could think of was those stupid drills we did in elementary school
                          LOL!

                          No kidding! sit in the hallway put your head between your legs and kiss your *** goodbye!!
                          Jason Knecht
                          Firefighter/EMT
                          Township Fire Dept., Inc.
                          Eau Claire, WI

                          IACOJ - Director of Cheese and Whine
                          http://www.cheddarvision.tv/
                          EAT CHEESE OR DIE!!

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by BFDNJFF


                            This one may get interesting !
                            BFDNJFF,

                            The guy in your graphic definitely has a drinking problem....He's trying to drink his Jack Daniels through his forehead and the cap is still on!
                            Tom

                            Never Forget 9-11-2001

                            Stay safe out there!

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by NYSmokey
                              BFDNJFF,

                              The guy in your graphic definitely has a drinking problem....He's trying to drink his Jack Daniels through his forehead and the cap is still on!
                              Nah, I think he is just kissing it for now.... He'll drink up in a bit! I'll keep my $0.02 in my pocket on this thread.... it's safer there!!

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