Fire-fighters?

Fire-fighters?

Postby Arseny » Thu Jun 13, 2013 7:20 am

I have a question about firefighters uniform.
I have a fire engine, made by RailTT. ( my-tiny-fire-departtment-t1650.html ) and
I've purchased the fire-fighters from Merten, it's the only fire-fighters set available in TT.

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But these are the German firefighters, from GDR (East Germany). I need American ones.
They have different uniform; first of all I notice different helmets.

Can anybody tell me, were such helmets in use anywhere in USA in 1950s? Can these Merten figures work as american firefighters? Maybe some fire-fighting divisions used such helmets?
Or should I use some other figures... or at least heads?
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Re: Fire-fighters?

Postby Marquette » Thu Jun 13, 2013 8:49 am

Just paint the helmets yellow I don't think they'd look horribly out of place...
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Re: Fire-fighters?

Postby Arseny » Thu Jun 13, 2013 8:57 am

Yellow? Not red?
I have H0-scale american firefighters, they have red helmets and black jacket...
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Re: Fire-fighters?

Postby Rob M » Thu Jun 13, 2013 9:31 am

The colors used are decided by each individual fire department (or district) but this seems to be the general scheme:
Yellow for Firefighters
Red for Captains
White for Chiefs and the Fire Marshal

Further reading:
http://www.firehouse.com/forums/t37578/

This is a very typical looking US fireman.
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Re: Fire-fighters?

Postby Arseny » Thu Jun 13, 2013 10:08 am

Thank you, Rob!
Did American firemen use the same color scheme in the 1950s?

I also have one shortened H0-scale fireman in American uniform:

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So... he will be the Captain ? :smile:
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Re: Fire-fighters?

Postby Rob M » Thu Jun 13, 2013 10:45 am

Actually it looks like most of them back then were black. Hard to tell though as most older photos are in black & white. I'm guessing the 'safety yellow' is a newer idea.

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Re: Fire-fighters?

Postby j p » Thu Jun 13, 2013 11:54 am

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Re: Fire-fighters?

Postby Arseny » Thu Jun 13, 2013 12:02 pm

j p wrote:Have you tried to ask Google for help?
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I'd prefer 1:1 scale for SUCH firefighter... :lol:
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Re: Fire-fighters?

Postby areibel » Thu Jun 13, 2013 3:46 pm

Hi Arseny,
The 1950's fire fighters would have different uniforms- long coats, high boots (sometimes up to the middle of the thigh) and the helmet like Rob posted above. Black was for fire fighters, white for chiefs!
Check out the pictures on this page-
http://ccvfd.net/wordpress/?page_id=24
About half way down, after the pic of the wrecked fire truck you'll see a group shot of what your guys should look like! I'm not 100% sure, but I don't think the short coats and bunker pants were used until later, like the 70's? The "Culpepper" pics show a guy with his coat open, his boots are folded down but you can see what they're like.
Maybe you could make some long coats and hat brims out of tissue paper, and paint them? You'd have to look pretty close to see them anyways!
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