Leadership

The Round Table

Issue 8 and Volume 124.

The Round Table DEPARTMENTS If you could get any type of fire clothing you wish, would you regard insulation against heat or light weight as a more important quality than the other? From your experience, do you feel that nonflammability is necessary or only desirable in fire clothing? Do you think that insulation against heat is needed more than a method to keep the fire fighter’s body temperature from rising excessively? What features of your present coats do you find most objectionable and in need of improvement through research? Richard H. Houts, Chief, Los Angeles County, Calif.: The exposure of firemen to heat must be considered one of the hazards of the occupation. This will remain a significant fact as long as firemen physically endeavor to suppress fire. Turnout gear in its present state of development has sufficed to protect firemen from heat radiation and the elements from without. At…

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