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Sam Brown Helmet Shields

Sam Brown Helmet Shields

We feel Sam Brown Shields are among the very best shield manufacturers in today’s fire service. Similar to Phenix, Sam Brown Shields is a fire service family owned and operated business with a commitment to craftsmanship and customer service second to none. IT STARTED AT LOS ANGELES CITY FIRE STATION 89 It all started one day at fire station 89 in North Hollywood, California, sometime during 1989. Someone came into the station seeking information on how and where to purchase fire department uniforms and helmet shields for an upcoming movie. The problem was solved as far as the uniforms but it seems that the helmet shields presented another problem. A source was found but it was going to take eight weeks or more for delivery. Sam Brown was working at 89’s and made a statement that he thought he could manufacture the shields within a week. An order was placed that day for 30 shields. Sam set out and found the leather, made the patterns, and proceeded to construct one shield for confirmation. When he delivered it he was told they didn’t want them because they had not gotten the contract to furnish the movie industry with the props they needed. Now the big question-- what was he going to do with all that red leather? Sam had always wanted to have a shield from the eight stations he had worked for since coming on the department in 1963. This gave him the opportunity to do that. The first ones he made was a little rough and he used pig skin because he had not yet found a source for cow hide with the right color red. Some of the firemen he worked with also wanted to collect shields from the stations they had worked at so they ordered them from Sam. When he cut the leather he would get down on the floor and cut them out with a stainless steel templet that he made himself. He continued and with each one he learned and made improvements. He began to acquire equipment with the profit he made, in fact all the profit went into acquiring better equipment. His locker was the envy of the station (I suppose we should say lockers because he had more than one). At any rate, with all the supplies he needed in his lockersand his sewing machine in the electrical room in the back of the station he was ready to do business. While others watched T.V. in the evening Sam was busy sewing shields and was always willing to use his machine to do repairs and sew things for his fellow firefighters. Word spread and firemen from other departments started calling and ordering shields

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