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    I was wondering how people carry their prescription glasses in your turnout gear. I use a standard clam shell type glass case and was wondering if anyone had other ideas. I ask because switching between my glasses and mask gets to be a pain after awhile having to always go into my pocket. And I always need to switch cause I'm blind as a bat. Any suggestions would be helpful.

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    Quote Originally Posted by happyvalleyff View Post
    I was wondering how people carry their prescription glasses in your turnout gear. I use a standard clam shell type glass case and was wondering if anyone had other ideas. I ask because switching between my glasses and mask gets to be a pain after awhile having to always go into my pocket. And I always need to switch cause I'm blind as a bat. Any suggestions would be helpful.


    I wore my necessary prescription eye glasses, until I knew we had a job and just prior of exiting the front seat, they went into a eye glasses pocket with they came in and was left on the dash. I never put them in my turnout coat.

    If it was going to be where I didn't need a breather, they stay where they belong, on me.


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    If I pack up usually just leave them in the rig or in my car what ever I happen to be in

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    Like Oldtimer said, leave them in the truck. No good can come from taking them with you in your gear.

    If you're that blind, leave your mask on, without air, until you get back to the rig you left them on.
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    I've been using the WITZ Lens Locker for the last 14 years. I keep them in my turnout gear. I also wear a cheaper pair of glasses while on duty. The case shows 14 years of wear and has been dropped interior more than a few times. Toss some reflective stickers on it and no problem.

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    My new spectacle kit can be worn as glasses when not in my facepiece. When I'm donning my turnout, I pop 'em on.
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    I always leave my glasses in the cab of the truck where they wont get crushed or i leave them in my car when i know for a fact that i will definitely have to be going on air otherwise i keep them on me and if need be take them off and put them in my jacket pocket. I have seen masks that have glasses built into them, in my opinion i don't see huge value in them for firefighting but for haz-mat i think its a good idea to use. you might also be able to use sport prescription goggles under your mask depending on your mask size etc. Always remember to keep track of your spec's and it may be a good idea to keep a 2nd pair in your car or at the firehouse.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Big13House View Post
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    Amen, only dweebs wear glasses...



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    I once had the same idea as you did, bought a stainless steel case for my glasses. Thought it was PERFECT to keep my glasses in and it fit right inside my bunker coats inside pocket. It was the best idea in the world...Until the night we were going to a fire, I was on Engine 1 which was at the time a 74' Pemfab/Middlesex open rear cab truck.


    Hit one good bump, that awesome glasses case that was in my hand flew out and skipped across the road and out of sight. Never saw it again....God I miss that old truck.

    Lesson learned? Just keep the damn things on the truck, or if I need to take em off on scene. I pawn em off on the Chief and leave em in his command truck.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DubyaVFF View Post
    My new spectacle kit can be worn as glasses when not in my facepiece. When I'm donning my turnout, I pop 'em on.
    What does it use in place of temple pieces? (Or do you take the temple pieces off before putting them in your mask?)
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    I usually place my glasses in the compartment, that I take the SCBA out of. If I take the SCBA out of a case, I set them in the case.

    Not being able to see without glasses, has helped me with search and rescue training. Since I am blind as a bat without my glasses, I rely more on touch, than sight, when conducting searches. Since searching is often conducted in the dark and smoke, my sense of touch would need to be used anyway.

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    After several years I found a reinforced glasses case has a nomex cover and is hard shelled zips closed so I wouldnt have to warry about it popping open. After several more yrs I have now gone to a aproved type of hard lensed contacts that are 24 hr wear. I luv em. The draw back is that by reg I had to have been wearing them for 6 mo. befor wearing them in SCBA. So it was a lil tedious at first but now I put them in when I hit the fire house an then dont realy have to bother with em till I am done with shift. Still cary my glasses in my gear as a just in case thing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DeputyMarshal View Post
    What does it use in place of temple pieces? (Or do you take the temple pieces off before putting them in your mask?)
    It has a headstrap which can be removed, although I find it tucks into the facepiece nicely.

    Mine's sold by the SCBA manufacturer (Sperian), but it's similar to this one:
    http://www.911se.com/p-2935-complete...tacle-kit.aspx
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    My dilemma is what to do with them when initially assigned to exterior truck work and then going interior when my job is complete. I like having them on when I'm throwing ladders and venting, and usually end up stashing them in a pocket if I have to put my mask on.

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    RescueThree2 described better what I was thinking about. If I am riding the truck and get assigned ladder duties and then go interior i place my glasses in my case in my pocket, but it gets to be a hassle if you do this two or three times and was wondering if there was any better ideas out there.

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    You should be able to operate on the scene, without glasses being worn.


    If you can't, then you have terrible eye sight. Throwing ladders, opening up, venting and other truck work, really doesn't hinder you if you aren't wearing glasses.


    I've seen truck guys never put a breather on and do all the work as prescribed, exterior as well as the interior. All this preformed without glasses on.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CaptOldTimer View Post
    You should be able to operate on the scene, without glasses being worn.


    If you can't, then you have terrible eye sight.
    Well, yeah, I do. That's why I wear glasses

    There's a long way from able to operate, to able to operate well when you're seriously nearsighted. With the current kit I don't have to worry - pop 'em in the facepiece when I need it, on my face when I'm bareface. No sweat. With the old one I'd hand my specs off at rehab before donning.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RescueThree2 View Post
    My dilemma is what to do with them when initially assigned to exterior truck work and then going interior when my job is complete. I like having them on when I'm throwing ladders and venting, and usually end up stashing them in a pocket if I have to put my mask on.
    Get a rugged set of specs like they issue in the military and keep em just for firefighting.

    A tough set of plastic frames will take a lot of abuse. Of course, you will also for wearing them... but you'll be able to see.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CaptOldTimer View Post
    You should be able to operate on the scene, without glasses being worn.
    I can operate... but not 100%. Who wants to be less than 100%?

    Quote Originally Posted by CaptOldTimer View Post
    If you can't, then you have terrible eye sight.
    That's me. I have terrible eyesight.

    I keep a hard case in my bunker pockets for my glasses. If the mask goes on, the glasses go in the pocket. This doesn't add very much time to the masking-up process. As a general rule, the mask doesn't go on until I absolutely need it. It won't come off again until I'm sure I'll be working without it for a while. I've never had much reason to take a mask off and on a whole lot during a fire.

    I used to keep my glasses on the rig... But apparatus that aren't tied to a plug can get relocated. Sometimes you have to exit a structure from a different place than you entered it. As blind as I am, I like having my glasses on my person.

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    I have a Witz Lens Locker also. They are very rugged, foam-lined, watertight and have a clip that can be used to clip it on your gear. I put the case in my bunker pocket and when the time comes, I stow my glasses in it, and either keep it in my pocket or leave it on the rig. But before I got the case, I had two pairs of glasses broken by leaving them unprotected on the rig.

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