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    Quote Originally Posted by SRT936 View Post
    Or just sleep in your bunker gear.....

    I'm kidding, of course, but I've known a couple guys who might just think this a viable option....


    I slept with my rifle in boot camp, does that help?


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    Quote Originally Posted by Jonnee View Post
    I slept with my rifle in boot camp, does that help?
    I would expect nothing less.

    When I went to basic back in the 80's, the drills made a game out of trying to steal your weapon. You'd end up wrapping the sling around your leg and cuddling it like a teddy bear.

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    just relax, i leave mine where i store it and the scba still on the truck, can be ready in a min.10 sec, but we never leave the station with scba on and never stow my bunkers spread out on the floor so i just practice as they would normaly be..
    have fun with it!

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    Before you worry about putting it on fast you should focus on putting it on properly.

    It won't matter if you don it in 30 seconds if your mask doesn't seal, you burn your neck because your hood\collar isn't on properly or if your helmet falls off because the chin strap isn't secure.

    Some types of gear are just easier to put on than others. My last pair of boots were some sort of combo structure\wildland things that weren't good for either and were a bitch to put on and even harder to get off. On the other hand our new turnout pants have no zipper, just velcro and a belt clip, very fast.
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    what worked for me was to start with your hood pre set in one of your boots with the face opening set up for when you put it on. your face is right there. then with your bunker pants. There has been one word that has been the truth in the whole topic. Practaice. Even though I do like the Oil, crisco, and silicon spray Ideas. I will deffinatly have to try that with the rookies next summer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ffmedcbk1 View Post
    in the Marines sgt hahn told me "slow is smooth, and smooth is fast." you'll get there with a bit of practice and consistancy once you find what can speed you up. arrangement of the gear is first, kneeling after your pants are on helps too.
    Exactly! slow is smooth, smooth is fast. My first time donning PPE was 3:14 but i practiced and practiced. Now i got it down to 1:30. Any tips for me? I start out as: hood, bunker bottoms, jacket(then zip and button jacket and pants). Im throwing on my bottle at about 35 seconds, the hardest part is tucking the facemask straps in my nomex. But i am breathing air with gloves on and helmet snapped at around 1:34. . .

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    We actually did this along with some other basics at our last drill. It had been an unusually warm day and it was very warm in the firehouse that night. Having already worked up a sweat in my turnouts made it much harder to don my PPE quickly. My best was just under 2 minutes and the more I tried the slower I got
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    I do 1. hood(already set up in right boot) 2. bunkers 3. mask 4. coat 5. scba 6. helmet an on air in 1:10 roughly give or take a few seconds when I started it was quite a few over 2.5 min but practice helps im still getting better time by time. its all fun just relax our state cert is 2min to fully don on air so good on that haha

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    1. Boots
    2. Pants
    3. Hood
    4. Coat
    5. Pack
    6. Face piece
    7. Helmet
    8. On air
    9. Gloves

    50 seconds. Practice, practice practice. It also helps to have someone with you to see what you are doing that is slowing you down, and good, healthy competition is always a good thing.

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    A little talcum powder in your gloves helps.

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    I struggled a little bit in the beginning, from advice overload. Best thing to do is find a friend who can help you in person. I had a career guy with 20+ years show me a coulpe of little tricks and I shaved 30 seconds off my time.

    This was all for fireschool anyway. Unless I am covering perdiem EMS shifts and a fire call comes in, I get in my bunker pants, respond to the station, finish getting dressed and hop on or operate one of the engines so the time to don the gear for a volly is usually not so critical. IMHO

    One other thing that was huge. I got my gear well before fireschool. And before doing any interior work... that all being said, know your gear and know how it is supposed to fit in a real world working environment. I chose gear from the rack based on how it fit when I tried it on. I should have given it more of a test. Poor fitting gear will slow you down and potentialy hurt you.

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