Leather hats

Firefighter gear

I’m sure this is one of those many things that’s obvious and known to everyone but me, but I didn’t know that firefighters had leather helmets. I always see the cheap red plastic things they make for kids, and I guess I assumed the real thing was just a steel version of the same thing. I never really paid attention. But no— there’s lots of hand-rendered craftsmanship in each hat— they’re carefully stitched from black and brown leather (and probably lined with other fire-retardant things).

Or maybe they’re made by machine. Or maybe only the Millburn Fire Department has hats like these. I don’t really know. I just thought it was interesting.

(from the Millburn Fire Department Open House)

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