Leadership

The ROUND TABLE

Issue 5 and Volume 96.

The ROUND TABLE For Practical Discussion of Current Fire Department and Fire Management Problems ADVANTAGES AND DISADVANTAGES OF STEEL HELMETS BECAUSE steel helmets of the type provided by the Office of Civilian Defense to air raid wardens and auxiliary firemen are finding some use in paid departments today, this Round Table discussion has been planned to shed light on their suitability for professional fire service. Many of the fire chiefs reporting feel that this type of helmet is unsuitable for professional fire use because of its excessive weight, the fact that it is too difficult to keep on the head and that it is a conductor of electricity. This steel helmet does not provide protection for the back of the neck against hot water, embers, etc., as does the regulation helmet. Some fire departments, on the other hand, have used the steel helmet and find that it serves their purpose…

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