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    Default Safety Vests or Jackets

    Are the ANSI safety vests a better way to go to meet the Federal Highway standards or has anyone used the jackets with reflective stripes?

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    My Department has Safety Vest. One Advantage is you can Stage it on your Turnout Coat. That way when you get on scene of a MVC you only need to put one thing on. If you get a Fire Call you yank it off.

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    I personally like the Ergodyne vest, they have one that is a Public Safety Vest and they are backed with a lifetime warranty if anything happens due to work or craftmanship. The price is spot on as well.
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    Our EMS and ambulances use hi-vis jackets. We just do the vest.

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    Default Well......

    If it's cold outside - use the jackets.

    If it's hot outside, use the vests.

    Jesus Christ.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MemphisE34a View Post
    If it's cold outside - use the jackets.

    If it's hot outside, use the vests.

    Jesus Christ.
    his glowing aura precludes his need for a vest.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MemphisE34a View Post
    If it's cold outside - use the jackets.

    If it's hot outside, use the vests.

    Jesus Christ.
    If it's really hot, paint yourself.
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    Default Vests are what we use

    Ditto firegator.
    We leave the vests on the coat and tear off when not needed. However I would recommend a zipper down the front rather than velcro. Ours have tear away at waist and shoulders but have found that the velcro closure down the front will catch on the velcro on your bunker coat almost every time.

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    The vests are much better for us. We roll them up and tuck them in the space between the top of the door and the roof line above the cab doors for extra visibility and padding against head injuries when exiting the cab. We do this on both fire calls and car wrecks....

    (PS. The other advantage is that they are within arms reach as sweat rags and dipstick wipes.)

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