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    We have just purchased an enclosed trailer and are going to set it up for multi use. we will be using it for extrication class and using it for boat training as well as a number of other rescue training. We need to set the inside of the trailer up so that we can remove the auto extrication tools and use the trailer to go do boat/swift water rescue. Any ideas on how to set the trailer up would be great and pics would be helpful as well. Even pics of dedicated trailer set ups would give us ideas to work with. thanks

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    the best advice I can give you.....but two trailers.

    I'm not sure how you could set it up for training.....then take equipment out and use it for water rescue

    We need to set the inside of the trailer up so that we can remove the auto extrication tools and use the trailer to go do boat/swift water rescue

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    Merely an idea, store gear on small wheeled 'carts' that can be secured in the trailer with some type of substanial means.

    Obviously shelves would be an asset too.

    Use sturdy plastic containers to segregate items into 'groups' that can easily be inventoried.

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    We have a trailer that we use for mass-casualty. We have bolted in shelving to hold things and then have everything in the plastic storage containers. Although the trailer is single purpose, if necessary, we could unload the storage containers and load it with other containers to change purpose.

    Agree with the above poster that maybe 2 smaller trailers would work better, especially if they are to be used for calls as well as training.

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    We've got a couple of trailers at my career department, one of which is a haz-mat response trailer, the other an MCI trailer.

    Both are set up similarly. Whatever we have as "bulk" items are stored in a plastic container on a shelf and sealed with a plastic seal. On the inventory, we keep track of the earliest expiration date. Large items are secured to the way in most cases, but we do have some carts that have things like decon tents that won't stand up well enough to mount to a wall.

    It takes some time and several attempts, but you can use one with some success. Identify what you're going to need early and put it near the door and easy to access. The stuff that's not as urgent can be put closer to the middle of the trailer, where you're not going to get to it until you move some things.

    The problem I see with your set-up is the multiple use trailer. I'm sure it can be done, but you're going to have to be creative.

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    Quote Originally Posted by billyleach View Post
    Merely an idea, store gear on small wheeled 'carts' that can be secured in the trailer with some type of substanial means.

    Obviously shelves would be an asset too.

    Use sturdy plastic containers to segregate items into 'groups' that can easily be inventoried.
    We have a setup that reflects the above post, but we use the chrome shelving units that have heavy duty wheels and group our supplys on those carts. depending on the call, we just wheel the carts off the ramp and wheel up the carts we need. We then secure them with ratchet straps to the e-track on the sides of the trailer. Nice thing about the setup is that it deploys in minutes and you can leave the racks on scene at an MCI. Another benefit to no shelves being inside is that we can easily load up a few quads for SAR work.

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