Prior to 1985 Detroit Firefighters did not have individual facepieces for their breathing protection? Prior to that facepieces were shared.
If you’ve never worn a facepiece, the significance of this may be lost. Would you be happy having to put a mask on when the last guy who wore it had a runny nose, or worse yet got sick in it while fighting a fire the night before. No amount of cleaning would give you piece of mind.
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