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The History of Firefighter Personal Protective Equipment

by Paul HasenmeierFrom the 2008 personal protective equipment e-Newsletter, sponsored byFirefighting is a dangerous profession that requires specialized equipment to effectively and safely mitigate a fire emergency. An important part of this equipment is the firefighter's personal protective equipment (PPE): coat, pants, hood, helmet, boots, gloves, breathing apparatus, and personal alert safety system (PASS) device. The personal protective equipment structural firefighters wear today is drastically different than what they wore in the early years. Unfortunately, there isn't a lot of good and accurate information documented about the history of PPE, but some theories of yesteryear and mod...

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