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    I am in the process of putting together a small bag to put on the rig with me when im on shift. How many of you guys do such a thing? I would like some tips/things you guys carry.

    So far I have- Spare winter hat,small wash towel, sun glasses, spare FD T-shirt,spare pair of fire gloves (for after fires when your gloves get soaked, or worse if you lose your gloves on a run),2 bottles of water, a few band aids for small cuts (so I don't have to go digging around in the trucks ALS jump bag, spare hood (incase I lose mine on duty). Also keep my mask, Vulcan box light, and leather radio strap (at the start of the shift the radio goes in the strap, mask connects to the pack, and light stays in the bag until I need it on a run. Anything to add brothers? Thanks!
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    Dry socks. More than once I have had soaking wet feet. There is nothing better than being able to put on a fresh pair of socks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jasper45 View Post
    Dry socks. More than once I have had soaking wet feet. There is nothing better than being able to put on a fresh pair of socks.
    Socks for sure. Nothing sucks more than being in wet socks.
    I've also got a sweathsirt, a couple pens, a pair of scissors and an extra knife.

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    I have long carried a bag on the rig with me. Several guys on the job do the same thing.

    Mine has a pair of socks, 2 pairs of firefighting gloves, a pair of 2 piece mittens (leather outer and removable wool liner) great for use during overhaul or pick up after the fire, a spare hood, extrication gloves(which I probably could dump and never miss), a bottle of hand sanitizer, a couple of granola bars, and my customized maps of the city.

    Oops, forgot my FD ball cap that I carry for those latenight ems calls when bed head hair is rampant.
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    Pair of socks (a must !), T-shirt, beanie, xtra pair structural gloves, pair of leather gloves, light weight sweat shirt, bottle of hand sanitizer, small towel and sun glasses. Each one has come in handy at one time or another.
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    How about some type of Power Bar or someother type of snack?

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    I've been using a school backpack type bag for a while now and find it quite useful.

    I know I have at least 2 pairs of (extra) structural gloves, 1 pair of (extra) rescue gloves, 1 pair of "winter" rescue gloves, 2 spare hoods, a towel, a bottle of water, a winter cap, extra batteries (9V for my PASS and AAAs and Cs for my flashlights), a role of electrical tape, pen & paper.

    I'm pretty sure I have an extra pair of socks and safety glasses too.

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    "Winter Mode"
    -1 pair cotton socks
    -1 pair heavy wool socks

    -1 long sleeve t-shirt
    -1 sweatshirt

    -1 large towel
    -1 woolie hat

    -chapstick

    disposable camera

    "Summer Mode"
    -2 or 3 t-shirts
    -2 or 3 towels
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    All of the above are great ideas but I should add one more thing...

    Ok...two...


    Extra socks and those little handwarmer packets. Air activated deals you buy for cheap. Works great on long cold nights when your gloves are soaked and cold. You can put them in your gloves, boots, or even in the inside pocket of your coat.
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    I usually keep a full change of uniform in my personal truck in case I'm detailed out of station.

    Small mask-sized bag on piece, year round, I carry -

    Fire gloves (spare)
    Hood (spare)
    Work gloves (spare)
    Extrication gloves
    Batteries for Streamlight Vantage

    Winter I add:
    "Cold" work gloves
    Winter hat
    Long sleeve T-shirt
    Dunno what they're called - rubber slip on treads for fire boots - grips ice


    Food, water, etc. - We carry a 5 gallon cooler of water on piece, and if we're on a run long enough to warrant a snack, our Second Alarmers and/or Salvation Army/Red Cross will be there too.
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    I guess I am old school but I have in a several zip lock bags in another bag, several pair of socks, gloves and a container of advil or similar head ache pills.

    Even when I was a member of a company and a back step rider, I may have carried a pair of socks and gloves in a paper bag back on the Wagon or Truck. Also I did have a couple of packs of cigarettes and matches as well as maybe a dollar or two in change, as some jobs were all nighters.

    Guess I am not like the guys on the street as I have a suv to drive, but back at my station location I have several changes of clothing should I need when I return from an incident.

    Unlike most line members, I can and do have the suv which I can sit in and work out of if so needed.




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    Never have really thought about having extras during the summer, figured I could go alittle while wet as long as I was warm. But I do have a bag that gets thrown on in the mornings with extra socks, sweats, gloves, a hood, and a towel. Kinda makes sense though for the summer, might have to look into that.

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    great ideas, thanks boys
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    wow I guess I travel light. extra pair of gloves, extra hood, work gloves, knit hat, and some energy/protein bars.

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    We were on a "relocate" last night.
    I brought my shoes.
    Cash is usually in a pocket. Extra hood inside my helmet.

    If going out on a detail; I'll bring 2 shirts, 1 pair socks, skivvies, deodorant and one of those travel toothbrushes (Colgate Wisp; highly recommended!).

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    I carry a small tool bag with a shove knife, window punch, lock pick, seat belt cutter, Gerber multi-tool, multi-bit screwdriver, linesmans pliers, safety glasses, safety sunglasses, quick reference EMS pocket books, stethoscope, extrication gloves, ear plugs, goggles for my helmet, pair of rubber gloves, pocket knife and, in winter, I add a warm skull cap. Occasionally I remember to add a few granola bars for those long calls.

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    I must be too rural - I was actually surprised no one mentioned having TP in their pack.

    For those all nighters in the middle of nowhere "when nature calls"

    Although in a real pinch I guess you could use some of those extra socks and towels.
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    Quote Originally Posted by N2DFire View Post
    I must be too rural - I was actually surprised no one mentioned having TP in their pack.

    For those all nighters in the middle of nowhere "when nature calls"

    Although in a real pinch I guess you could use some of those extra socks and towels.
    Isn't that what your hand is for?

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    Am I the only old fart on here that carries an extra pair of underwear "just in case" ?

    Our app's have a "rehab box" w/ granola bars, MRE's, crackers, etc. as well as the gatorade packets for small water bottles, TP, bug off, sun screen, Large and small handi-wipes, alco-gel and a small first aid kit w/ the aspirin, etc.

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    Couple of other thoughts.

    A five dollar bill. Never know. I've been in 7-11's and wished I had a dollar or two stashed away.

    A few wet wipes.

    Small travel size bottle of advil.

    Cheapo throw away sunglasses

    Spare batteries for my little flashlight

    Extrication gloves
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