Look at this video from Ohio. We are seeing more and more of this sort of attitude across the country from people who feel like firefighters (and other public safety people) are some sort of privileged class. Expect to see more questions about this sort of thing:
Eventually, when I’m in more of a writing mood, I’ll have a longer post defending the current industry practice of the employer buying safety gear. Suffice it to say, that if we were forced to buy our own gear, Nomex would be a hot commodity and PBI would bring to mind only a type of sandwich.