That is not me.
Those summer clothes hang in my closet for the rare weekend I'm actually home and not working. If I wear cute clothes to work, it has to be in the winter, which means it often doesn't happen, since cute clothes and shoveling paths and steps don't really mix.
In the summer, we have to be ready to jump on the helicopter at a moment's notice and go fight fire. Here is what we wear to work every day:
Nomex fire-resistant pants. These come in many styles, all designed to flatter nobody. They usually have a plethora of pockets, in which we stuff things like phones, handheld radios, notebooks, and snacks, giving us strange bulges on our legs.
|See? So not cute.|
|Clomp clomp, I can hear you.|
T-shirt. Most firefighters accumulate many throughout the years. Enterprising vendors set up shop outside fire camps to sell shirts emblazoned with the fire name and usually a helicopter, raging flames, and an elk or two. Established crews have their own crew t-shirt which most people out of inertia just wear every day. It is considered bad form to wear the shirt from a crew you have not been on, no matter how you acquired it.
|The minions complained that our crew shirt was black and therefore too hot, although some appreciated black's slimming properties.|
Ponytail or braid. Forget about having nice hair during fire season. You can go two weeks without a shower in some places and you're wearing a hard hat all the time.
|The Fire Braid, at fire camps near you|
If you are sitting in the helicopter, you are also wearing:
Flight helmet. This is to protect your head and also so you can hear what's going on through the intercom and on the radio. I kind of cringe when I watch shows like the Bachelor (and not just because it's the Bachelor), when I see them only wearing headsets on helicopters. Sure, their hair looks great, but what if there's a crash? Their heads! I guess I think about weird things.
|My minions all want my helmet because it's a military conversion and not the standard white government issue. I'll never give it up, minions. Never!|
Flight gloves. You can't text with them on. But you shouldn't be texting anyway. Your job is to look for aerial hazards and help the pilot with the mission.
|It gets pretty warm wearing these when it's 90 degrees out.|
|Anyone want to take my picture for a Glamour Do? Anyone?|
What do you wear to work? Can you choose, or are you anti-fashionistas like us? If you work from home, do you dress up?