Helmet shields alone do not provide adequate eye protection during the normal course of activities undertaken in the fire service. Additional appropriate protective eyewear should be worn for the following activities:

  • auto extrication activities involving the use of cutting tools, hydraulic tools or breaking glass
  • typical shop/maintenance activities like cutting or grinding
  • fire-overhaul activities
  • encounters with chemical hazards
  • pressurized containers
  • potential splashing of blood or other bodily fluids
  • specialized operations such as water rescue, building collapse, high angle rescue, trench rescue, confined space rescue, or wild land fire fighting