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Copper Mountain Fire unveils new equipment

Members of Copper Mountain Fire Department show off their new black and lime green turnout gear, as well as new leather helmets. The new gear was purchased by the department to promote greater visibility when responding to emergencies, especially those on Summit County highways.

Copper Mountain residents can expect a new look from their local firefighters as Copper Mountain Fire Department announced last week it has issued the first round of new gear to its personnel.

Copper Fire placed into service 13 new leather helmets from Phenix Technology. One fire crew also received new black turnout gear.

The switches were made in part to promote better visibility, a Copper Mountain Fire Department news release stated. The black bunker gear features lime green reflective strips. Recent studies have shown the black and lime green combination promotes better visibility from greater distances on highways.

The new helmets replace the department's inventory of composite helmets that have reached the end of their operating period based on National Fire Protection Association standards, the release stated. Leather helmets also will provide firefighters with a better and more balanced fit than the older composite helmets.

Copper Mountain Fire Department plans to outfit its entire crew in black turnout gear in the next two years.