I've spent the last 2 nights at our Firehouse attending training on our new Genesis Boron Capable Jaws of Life Equipment. The new Rescue Truck we received partly though Fed Help came with it. Not much different than what we already have but some minor differences the Chief wants us all familiar with.... Last night I was pretty emotionally affected as I was presented with brand new Structural Firefighting gear. Been wearing handed down equipment since I became a FireFighter. Our Fire Company is a small all Volunteer Dept and Funds are always an issue as we try to stay current and safe. My new gear is Veridian Advanced Kevlar/Nomex w/ Caldura SL2 Thermal Lining and some of the best in the industry for what we get involved in. Spent this morning taking them apart (liners) (stiff as a board), washing, drying (air cycle only), and putting them back together (OOoooh what a pain) The new set has higher trousers/shorter jacket and is alot more maneuverable in once I get the stiffness out of them.
Couple before and after pics: