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    Just trying to get an idea of what the majority of guys carry on their person at all times (I.E. rescue tool, rope, flashlight, etc)

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    Other than PPE I carry a set of mechanic gloves, a pocket knife, linesman pliers, vice grips, adjustable wrench, 4-in-1 screwdriver. Also something I carry, which is slightly odd, is two fire extingusiher pins clipped on my helmet. I just picked them up during extinguisher training one day and kept them. I figure they might be useful when an extinguisher is used, but still has pressure on it and its pin is lost. I do carry two carabiners that are pretty useful. As far as rescue rope, no, since I would have no need for it.

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    spare pair of fire gloves/extrication gloves/ webbing for either a self rescue harness or dragging a downed ff/door stop/chalk/ and a buddy rope (which can be used for multiple different applications/and a hose key

    could probably carry more but don't have enough pockets

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    Webbing with a water knot tied in it and a d-ring, a pocket knife, multi-tool, and lineman's pliers. I like to travel light... I also take my wallet, cell phone and keys out of my uniform pants as soon as I get to work as well.

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    Pocket knife, extrication and ARFF gloves, webbing, flashlight.

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    yay, another "what's in your pockets" thread. you could save a lot of time and do a search, this is a very common topic.

    you will find that some of these whackers carry a whole fire truck in their pockets. as for me i carry work gloves, some linemans pliers (must have because you will get hung up in some wires some day and you will want to be able to get out), and a 6 foot loop of webbing tied with a water knot. i have a 20 footer tied in a water knot and have never used the damned thing. the six footer is really usefull.

    the less you carry the lighter you are and you will usually know where the item you want is located. I don't know about the rest of these guys but i have a fire truck to carry the rest of my **** and i make sure i have ithe tool of choice when i get off the truck.

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    6" cable cutters, 30 foot rope, beaner, leatherman, streamlight. If it doesn't help me when the fecal matter hits the twirling blades, I am okay with going to the truck to get it.
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    2 chocks on helmet
    12' webbing tied in loop (so a 6' loop)
    Extrication gloves
    shove knife
    knife
    wire cutters
    extra pocket flashlight
    32' escape rope

    Anything more is too much...

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    lot of threads on this..

    a loop of webbing as a hose strap, some chocks, wife cutters, pliers, latex gloves, and bail out rope that was issued to me.

    anyone who rides an engine or regularly handles and advances hose lines should have some sort of hose strap! not needed for the 1 3/4, but greatly helps out when moving a 2 1/2 or on really bad days a 3in line.

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    two pairs of structural gloves
    two nomex hoods
    vehicle rescue gloves
    regular work gloves
    12' section of rescue rope for larger room searches with a bowline
    38' section of rescue rope
    a few door chocks
    folding knife
    small 2AA battery pocket flashlight
    survivor light, wire cutters
    tinted and clear safety glasses
    ID tags and change in some pockets i need to clean out

    magically it all fits without being too bulky

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    In my response coat I have...

    (1) LED Flashlight
    (1) EMS field notes booklet
    (1) Ink pen - Black
    (2) Pairs of exam gloves - Blue
    (1) Portable radio
    (1) Pair leather gloves
    (1) Pocket Knife
    (2) Accountability tags
    + and assortment of patches and stickers to give the kiddies.

    Turnouts...

    (1) Electricians pliers
    (2) Door wedges
    (1) Rescue knife
    (1) Length of webbing
    (1) Portable radio

    + a metric ton of other stuff in my gearbag and Jeep.

    I was thinking the other day that I probably don't need all that stuff with me all the time. So while I was cleaning out the Jeep I took my black trunk of goodies out and left it in the garage. Sure enough, responded POV to a single vehicle MVA yesterday and needed boltcutters quickly for the battery...At home...In the garage. Needless to say, today I'm carting around as much stuff as ever.

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    Letís see, in my bunker pants I have
    -1 Pair of structural gloves
    -1 Pair of work gloves
    -Wire cutters
    -12ft of webbing
    -Rescue wrench
    -2 or 3 door chocks
    -Multi Tool
    -1 AA Flashlight
    -and a BigEd light on my coat

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    All the above are great but don't forget to get yourself one of those multi allen wrench sets. Great for resetting pull stations. Also nut drivers are great for taking AC panels off.
    Last edited by JMac73; 04-12-2010 at 03:03 PM.

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    I love when these threads come up. As mentioned above, some people feel the need to be a walking tool box. Fact is, if it is a tool that you can leave on the truck and go back and get if you need it, then it doesn't need to be in your gear.

    I have never had an emergency situation arise where I just HAD to have my 14 bit screwdriver and my allen keys. Take that crap out and replace it with things you will actualy need. Spare hood, wire cutters, webbing, bailout rope. And one or two good flashlights.
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    Quote Originally Posted by nameless View Post
    lot of threads on this..

    a loop of webbing as a hose strap, some chocks, wife cutters, pliers, latex gloves, and bail out rope that was issued to me.

    anyone who rides an engine or regularly handles and advances hose lines should have some sort of hose strap! not needed for the 1 3/4, but greatly helps out when moving a 2 1/2 or on really bad days a 3in line.
    wife cutters? LOL
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    I carry myself, the most important item in firefighting.

    Everything I need or the members need is carried on the Wagon, Truck or Rescue.
    Why load yourself down with all the tools when it isn't necessary.

    You have enough to deal with full turnout gear, scba strapped to your back and functioning, dragging hose line in a structure of using an hook to open up or even outside throwing ladders and opening up roofs!!!

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    OK.. you don't NEED to carry anything in your pockets. It just makes you life a hell of a lot easier. Why walk down several flights of stairs to get a something as small as an allen wrench to reset a pull station? I know where i work the boss is expecting you to have certain things on you (the crew is too) and not to meet that expectation is kinda unprofessional. Also if a few tools in you pocket is gunna slow you down it may be time to hit the gym.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JMac73 View Post
    Also if a few tools in you pocket is gunna slow you down it may be time to hit the gym.
    I agree with that completly. I just think some people focus on being a walking toolchest rather than having what you really need.
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    well i try to carry light. nothing but safety glasses in my coat since the scott packs covers the pockets any ways. on my right pants pocket i have 45 feet of my personal bail rope with a 4 inch beaner on a double fig. 8. in the left pants pocket i have a rescue wrench. on my helm i have a streamlight led light and a fire cam. im going to be getting a leathermans tool and clip it on my jacket and some webbing since i recently took F.A.S.T and it is really handy.

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    Slow day today, so I think I will bust open an old and repetitive post.......

    Helmet-Door chock

    Coat
    Radio Pocket- Wire cutters
    R Pocket- 6in1 Screwdriver, Utility knife, Shove knife, Vise Grips.
    L Pocket- Extrication gloves, Spare flashlight.
    Inner pocket- 2-3 pr. medical gloves.

    Pants
    R Pocket- 30' Rope with beaner on end.
    L Pocket- Door chock, non-locking beaner.
    6' loop of webbing stored behind my L knee pad.

    I used to carry a whole lot more, I guess I have gotten a little wiser.........

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