[City of Denton fireman putting out fire on a truck]

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Photograph of a Denton fireman using a hose to put out a fire on what is believed to be a drilling truck for Denton Municipal Electric on the side of a road in Denton, Texas. Another man stands just out of frame on the left. A building and trees can be seen in the distance behind him. In the early 1980s the fire service started transitioning their bunker gear to add more protection. Until then the rubber boots came up above the knees and were referred to as "three-quarter boots" for covering 3/4 of the leg. The bunker coat was ... continued below

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1 photograph : col. ; 9 x 13 cm.

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Denton (Tex.) 1970~/1989~.

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This photograph is part of the collection entitled: Rescuing Texas History, 2016 and was provided by the Denton Public Library to The Portal to Texas History, a digital repository hosted by the UNT Libraries. It has been viewed 25 times. More information about this photograph can be viewed below.

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Denton's first public library opened on June 6, 1937, in Denton County Courthouse. It quickly outgrew the space and in 1949, the City of Denton donated a tract of land on Oakland Street for a new library.

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Photograph of a Denton fireman using a hose to put out a fire on what is believed to be a drilling truck for Denton Municipal Electric on the side of a road in Denton, Texas. Another man stands just out of frame on the left. A building and trees can be seen in the distance behind him. In the early 1980s the fire service started transitioning their bunker gear to add more protection. Until then the rubber boots came up above the knees and were referred to as "three-quarter boots" for covering 3/4 of the leg. The bunker coat was long and came down close to the knees to provide some overlap. To store and step into the boots, the person kept the upper part folded halfway down like in the picture; or more often folded in thirds so the top could more easily be pulled back when needed. Adding bunker pants to the ensemble gave more protection to the legs and also allowed the user to shorten the bunker coats to allow for a little more flexibility. The yellow bunker coat was made out of Nomex fire resistant fabric. Prior to that the coats were made out of black cotton/canvas type material. The yellow fire helmet would indicate that the person was either a firefighter or Driver rank. [attributed to Brian Glenn, Battalion Chief - EMS, City of Denton]

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1 photograph : col. ; 9 x 13 cm.

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Rescuing Texas History, 2016

This compilation of newspapers, photographs, and other materials gives a glimpse into the diverse people and fascinating places that have contributed to the growth of Texas over the past two centuries.

City of Denton Municipal Collection

Features documents, newsletters, clippings, and photographs from the early 1900s to present day, depicting people, places, and activities about the various Departments of the City of Denton.

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  • 1970~/1989~

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  • Feb. 28, 2017, 8:16 p.m.

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  • June 7, 2017, 12:25 p.m.

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Denton (Tex.). [City of Denton fireman putting out fire on a truck], photograph, 1970~/1989~; (https://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth833807/: accessed October 21, 2020), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, https://texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Denton Public Library.