- a helmet worn by a firefighter as a defense against falling materials from burning structures.
Origin of fire hat
An Americanism dating back to 1850–55
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Examples from the Web for fire hat
"Let's go home," said he, as he surrendered his axe and fire-hat to a Hook-and-Ladder man.Phaeton Rogers