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Chad Costa considers why some firefighters are still afflicted with ‘Dirty Helmet Syndrome’

Exploring why some firefighters still glamorize dirty gear and unsafe actions, despite knowing the risks

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On this episode of the Side Alpha Podcast by FireRescue1, Battalion Chief Chad Costa and Fire Chief Marc Bashoor tackle the concept of “Dirty Helmet Syndrome,” the idea that some firefighters continue to glamorize dirty gear and unsafe actions, despite knowing the risks. The two discuss the role of culture, generational differences and training, plus what fire officers can do to get their crews to focus more on health- and safety-focused goals.

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