You can now read 10 articles in a month for free on Read as much as you want anywhere and anytime for just 99¢.

The Boston Globe



Hazards of his profession

One question remains unasked and unanswered each day when my firefighter husband steps out the door: Will he return home safely?

IT’S JUST A JACKET. SLEEVES. COLLAR. BLACK. Except a scientist designed this jacket with Nomex and Kevlar, those laboratory materials that protect against heat. Reflective yellow tape is wrapped around the sleeves, chest, and hem. And a warning label — with certain words capitalized, no less — is sewn inescapably to the inside:

“Firefighting is an ULTRA-HAZARDOUS, UNAVOIDABLY DANGEROUS activity. Neither this garment nor any other will protect you from all burns, injuries, diseases, conditions or hazards.”

Loading comments...

You have reached the limit of 10 free articles in a month

Stay informed with unlimited access to Boston’s trusted news source.

  • High-quality journalism from the region’s largest newsroom
  • Convenient access across all of your devices
  • Today’s Headlines daily newsletter
  • Subscriber-only access to exclusive offers, events, contests, eBooks, and more
  • Less than 25¢ a week