VIDEO: The Amherst Fire Department is getting rid of the old and bringing in the new.
The department just purchased new high-tech helmets for firefighters to wear when they are on a call.
These helmets are the latest gear for firefighters in Amherst. They are much different from the old helmets that have been around for hundreds of years in the United States.
"You can see it's a much more rounded style, compared to this with the big brim in the rear and a little in the front with a lot of protrusion. It has no pieces sticking out that can be stuck by falling debris, or wires as you're climbing under them striking a door it just distributes weight more evenly," said Amherst Assistant Fire Chief Lindsay Stromgren.
These new futuristic looking helmets called Carins XF-1 are very popular in Europe. In fact, Amherst Fire officials said they were inspired by this beautiful gold helmet given to them by a visiting firefighter from Paris.