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Adam S. Great Cacapon, WV

Adam S. Great Cacapon, WV Great Cacapon VFC

On Tuesday, July 5th, 2016 our station caught fire due to an apparent electrical issue and burned to the ground. Lost in the fire was a tanker, a brush truck, 30+ sets of turnout gear including 4 leather N5As, and all other contents of the station. 2 of the leathers were new. I'd just like to share a picture of what's left of the only one that was recovered, which just so happens to be mine.

Joe T. Long Beach, NY

Joe T. Long Beach, NY Long Beach Fire Department

My 2016 New Yorker sittin' pretty, Leather Forever



chrris F. Michigan city, AL

chrris F. Michigan city, AL Michigan city

Cairns 1010 worlds largest



Richard M. Matawan, NJ

Richard M. Matawan, NJ Matawan Borough Fire Department

The Matawan Borough Fire Department (MBFD) assisted with a commercial structure fire as a Rapid Intervention Crew (RIC) and defensive operational support.

William B. Trenton, FL

William B. Trenton, FL Gainesville fire rescue

My great grandfather fire fighters helmet he retired from FDNY in 1918 Engine company 34



Ed S. Apollo, PA

Ed S. Apollo, PA Kiski Twp Fire Dept

After 2 fires.



Thomas M. Ronkonkoma, NY

Thomas M. Ronkonkoma, NY FDNY

In 1970 I was assigned to Ladder Co. 26-2 in Harlem. I am interested in having the company frontpiece reproduced. Many members of the company expressed interest also. Can you reproduce this exact frontpiece?

Kevin J. Wallkill, NY

Kevin J. Wallkill, NY City of Poughkeepsie Fire

I started collecting fire memorabilia a few years ago and now I have my cousin into it - he started as a general collector/antiques guy. My son and he were out yesterday and found this helmet. There's no model number on the inside and I can't find an exact match through the magic of Google! Any help would be appreciated in identifying it. Thanks!

Tony C. Arlington, TN

Tony C. Arlington, TN Southwest TN FD

My Sam Houston N6A leather fire helmet has served me well the last 9 or 10 years and I have taken very good care of it. Last week we responded to a house fire around 1930 at night. During fire operations, me and another member of my crew were pulling ceiling when I decided to proceed down the hallway to find attic access. While walking twords the hallway, it all of the sudden felt like someone hit me with a sledge hammer on the top of my head and I could even feel my neck compress down. The first thing I thought was that it was sheetrock but when I heard the object's second impact to the tile, I then realized that it was in fact a 15lb bowling ball. I took two steps then just sat down on the couch to regain my senses then went back to work. During overhaul operations, we discovered a box of several bowling balls in the attic and figured due to my height, the height of the ceiling, and the height of the box; it ended up being a 10 foot drop. I will attach several pictures of the helmet and bowling ball. I absolutely feel that this helmet quite possibly saved my life. If I had been wearing my city issued helmet, this might have ended differently. After X-rays at a doctor visit the next day, I was pleased to find out that I did not have any compression injuries to my neck which is what I feared. I knew that my head was safe because the helmet did its job. I loved that helmet, not only did it do its job at this particular fire, it served me well for several fires over the course of my career.

William L. Port Hope, ON

William L. Port Hope, ON Canadian Fire Fighters Museum

The Canadian Fire Fighters Museum recently received these 2 Cairns helmets. We assume they are both late 1800's, but the styles are different. Perhaps the Red one is a parade helmet? Anything you could tell us to narrow down the date of manufacture would be much appreciated. See photo.