Firefighter Gear: Then and Now
The first firefighters were required to supply their own gloves, typically made of leather. The first boots were made of leather and were knee-high.
Eventually leather boots were replaced with rubber ones and extended to the hips. Gloves are now made of a special blend of high-performance fibers that make the gloves resistant to heat and fire. Boots are made out of a combination of synthetic materials, leather and rubber.
Today’s boot manufacturers focus not only on functionality but on comfort and durability as well.
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