Innovation of the Era!
Mid to Late 1900s

A "Hot" Helmet

Firefighter head gear has come a long way. From leather to aluminum to composite materials, firefighters are now well protected. Modern fire helmets are made of polycarbonates and can absorb the weight of an impact better than ever before. They have face shields that resist cracking and even the chin straps are coated in flame resistant chemicals. Composite helmets can withstand high temperatures without melting or cracking.
Helmets such as this one represent the "contemporary" style of composite fire helmet, although composite helmets are also available in the traditional, New Yorker style as well.