Some basics for bootmen
|Firefighter's boots are worn with full turnout gear to protect
the firefighter while spraying the wet stuff on the red stuff.
The turnout pants are worn over the boots so water doesn't run
inside the boots.
Older firefighter's boots were made of leather or rubber, and were
usually from 20" to 26" high. Newer boots are made of synthetic
materials including Nomex which is more resistant to heat to protect
the firefighter. Other standards to which these boots are made include
providing protection from compression, impact, electrical conductivity,
and sole penetration.
That which resists heat also gets very hot to wear. These boots do
not breathe, but they are not intended to. The boots are waterproof
(as opposed to being water resistant). Newer boots can withstand
temperatures of 800°F for short periods without being damaged,
although exposure to these temperatures is not recommended!
|STATION BOOTS AT THE FIREHOUSE|
|Also seen around the firehouse are guys
wearing Station Boots. These boots are designed with protection
standards as well from compression, impact, electrical conductivity,
and sole penetration. They are usually 8" high and black in color.
The soles are made of thick rubber or Vibram® tread, and are
usually 3/8" to 1/2" thick, with a short heel. The soles are resistant
to damage from water, oil, and chemicals.
Most have laces to adjust for fit, but once laced, do not need to be
tied again because there is a zipper up the middle which makes them
easy to put on and take off. They are made of a combination of leather
and synthetic materials which add both to their comfort and appearance.
Many guys who wear Station Boots say they are the most comfortable
boots they own.
|WILDLAND FIREFIGHTER BOOTS|
||Until recently there was no difference between logger
boots and wildand fire boots. In recent years, however, they've become
differentiated by silicon-tanned leather, Kevlar thread and Vibram® soles,
all of which are more fire resistant.
Read more information about wildland firefighter boots.
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