Why do we buy our own gear?

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.

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3 Responses to Why do we buy our own gear?

  1. Doug says:

    It’s interesting to note that, just last year (while rejoicing that the librarians had been fired), Xinos touted public safety, streets, and codes enforcement as the only necessary city services:

    “You may like the library, but when you call 9-1-1, you want a policeman or a fireman before someone to tell you where the books are in the library,” says the man who has talked of privatizing, outsourcing or even closing the library.

    “I understand that my philosophy is conservative,” Xinos says, adding that government just needs to catch bad guys, put out fires, fix the streets and make sure buildings are sturdy.


  2. FedFyrGuy says:

    A quick check of the osha.gov website seems to indicate that Ohio is covered under the federal OSHA laws. I’d point out to the dissenting Council members that 29 CFR 1910.132(h)(1) requires: “Except as provided by paragraphs (h)(2) through (h)(6) of this section, the protective equipment, including personal protective equipment (PPE), used to comply with this part, shall be provided by the employer at no cost to employees.”

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