A Day Late, NOT A Dollar Short

Hanging rain gear

Thanks to generous support from our community, including donations and visitors to our breakfasts, active members of the Manchester Fire Department have all been issued new high visibility rain gear.

In the past, firefighters were often caught outdoors in the worst weather mother nature could provide while wearing full turnout pants and jackets. While turnout gear may seem appropriate, and often is the standard, there are many reasons why it’s not the preferred uniform for inclement weather.

Turnout gear:

  • Is heavy and bulky. Those heavy layers are important for protection from heat, but they don’t allow a firefighter to move around freely while not performing hazardous tasks.
  • Does not “breath”. Turnouts do have multiple layers, designed to keep us dry, but those layers can actually hold water instead of repelling it. Wet turnout gear is  dangerous for firefighters who might get called to a fire. Trapped moisture can quickly turn to steam, causing burns. Our new rain gear is a breathable material that will help us stay cool and dry from the inside out.
  • Is not “high-viz”. Even though our gear has reflective stripes, they are not enough to meet visibility standards. The new rain gear meets all current visibility standards to help keep us safe when working in roadways.

While it’s unfortunate that the order we placed arrived the day after crews spent time working in the rain and darkness, we a grateful to the community for supporting us and enabling us to be better prepared for situations that come in the future.


9.11.01 – 9.11.13 Twelve Years Later

Operation Noble Eagle

On this 9/11, twelve years since the horrible attacks on New York City and Washington DC, please take a moment to reflect, and remember all 2,977 victims including 343 FDNY members, 60 Police officers, and 8 private service EMTs who lost their lives.


In addition to those who were lost in the direct attack, take a moment to think about those sickened or injured during the recovery process.


Words can’t begin to describe the impact to those of us who responded to the WTC site in the days, weeks, and months after the attack. We will never forget the horrendous memories that filled the southern tip of Manhattan.



Consider sharing this post as a reminder to others that 9/11/01 is not an event that should be remembered once a year. Instead, think about those whose lives were directly impacted, and live every day with reminders of what occurred in NY, DC, and PA.