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    British Fire Department Phases Out Traditional Helmets

    Posted by FFN WebTeam on July 14, 2010 at 10:05am in Fire/Rescue News

    Lancashire Telegraph

    THESE futuristic helmets are the latest line of defence for firefighters in Lancashire.

    The headgear, featuring integral goggles and a reflective face shield, is being piloted in Haslingden before being introduced across the fire service.

    The helmets will provide the best protection yet against heat, and feature a torch that can be safely used even in situations where firefighters are surrounded by flammable vapour.

    The MSA Gallet fire helmet is also more padded than traditional headgear, and will be a better fit thanks to adjustable straps.

    Already members of the Haslingden team, who will be using them during active service over the next two months, have been trying them on for size.

    Andy Coulton, Rossendale watch manager, said: "The purchase of the new helmets emphasises Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service's commitment to ensure protection of their employees, even in times of great economic difficulty for public services.

    "The helmet fits the head snugly and will not tip, or shift sideways, essential in testing situations such as animal rescue and waterside incidents, as well as firefighting.

    "Other features include integral goggles and a reflective face shield which provides additional thermal protection, and a helmet-mounted torch rated as 'intrinsically safe' for those situations where flammable vapour could be ignited by incandescent bulb illumination."

    The traditional-style firefighting helmet will be phased out over the next few months after serving officers for more than 10 years.

    Fire experts said advances in materials and technology have superseded the current design.

    Haslingden Fire Station was chosen to be one of three stations to roll out the helmet's evaluation following successful trials at Washington Hall near Chorley last year.

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  • #2
    Technologically, these are great helmets. Unfortunately, they're haven't been considered "traditional" enough to make much of an impact on the US market since they were introduced several years ago.
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    • #3
      Ground Control to Major Tom ... Commencing countdown engines on ....

      Seriously, they do look much more practical than US helmets.
      Train to fight the fires you fight.

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      • #4
        Isn't this the same helmet (or an updated version) that the London Fire Brigade has worn for several years? I take it they still wear what we call the "modern" style of helmet in parts of the U.K. Funny, they do look kinda familiar...
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        • #5
          Originally posted by trauma308 View Post
          Isn't this the same helmet (or an updated version) that the London Fire Brigade has worn for several years? I take it they still wear what we call the "modern" style of helmet in parts of the U.K. Funny, they do look kinda familiar...
          Isn't that first picture from the movie THX 1138?
          "They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety." -- Benjamin Franklin

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          • #6
            Originally posted by MarcusKspn View Post
            Isn't that first picture from the movie THX 1138?
            That it is. It's exactly what I thought of when I saw the picture of someone wearing the helmet with the shield down.

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            • #7
              Question:

              How does the SCBA mask interact with that helmet??
              Train to fight the fires you fight.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by LaFireEducator View Post
                Question:

                How does the SCBA mask interact with that helmet??
                Apparently the black clip on the side is where it clips in, I guess kinda like a fighter pilot's helmet. It seems like you could possibly have trouble with the seal on your mask, though.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by LaFireEducator View Post
                  Question:

                  How does the SCBA mask interact with that helmet??
                  found a pic of one with the mask attached.
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