Bunker Gear

First, there were flames through the roof – then things got really interesting.” Rob, firefighter, Ladder 1

Bunker Gear or Turnout Gear are terms used by firefighters to refer to their system of outer protective clothing. These terms can refer, depending on the context, to just the pants, boots and jacket, or the entire combination of personal protective equipment and clothing that a firefighter wears. The term “bunker gear” is derived from the fact that the pants and boots are traditionally kept by the firefighter’s bunk at the fire station to be quickly accessible when needed.

Now, you may think, “pants, jacket … a couple hundred dollars,” but the reality is, when you want your clothing certified by the National Fire Protection Association, those two items alone will run $1,000 – $2,500. The quality of clothes and equipment are critical in firefighting, both in its success and also in its safety. Keeping our firefighters protected is just one more reason for the The Big Chili Cook-Off. Please join us on September 11, 2011, and show your support for our mountain area volunteer fire departments.

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