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    So me and another firefighter were talking and got to the subject of these paracord bracelets. He was saying that he was planning on getting one,Does anybody have these and is there any real use for these on the job? I looked into them and they looked pretty cool but are they worth getting?

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    I know the ones from the brand Survival Straps are fully functional, but I dont think they're meant for daily use, more like an emergency situation (and they'll replace it for free if you use it)

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    Quote Originally Posted by MissouriRebel11 View Post
    So me and another firefighter were talking and got to the subject of these paracord bracelets. He was saying that he was planning on getting one,Does anybody have these and is there any real use for these on the job? I looked into them and they looked pretty cool but are they worth getting?
    Those might be nice if you're say in Califonia or out west and do mountain rescue or something. As for firefighting, not so much. Paracord melts, and I would not want to be wearing that on my wrist in a fire. That could be very painful. But for rescue or survival type situations it would be very handy. Although I would probably buy a 50-100 piece as you can use for a lot of things and it would be cheaper than the bracelet. Any military or camping store should carry it.

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    okay guys well thanks for the info i figured they would only be good for rescue ops. I didnt realize they were only a one time use! well thanks for the heads up

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    It's not the kind of thing you'd use every day. If you think you have a daily use for about 10 feet of paracord then you'd keep one in your pocket or something. This would be for those rare occasions when you're in some kind of a bind and you really need a few feet of paracord for some emergency purpose. You 'd have to first unravel the bracelet, which takes a few minutes. You could theoretically put it back together and restore it as a bracelet if you learn how to tie a cobra stitch, but that would take an inconveniently long time if you planned to use it regularly for something.

    I could see it being useful if you're in the backcountry and suddenly need a bit of cord for lashing something together or whatever. The inner strands can be removed and used as fishing line or for sewing if needed. But I can't think of any day-to-day uses you'd have for it in the fire service.

    Oh, and as far as it melting, if you're in enough heat where the nylon paracord is melting, you've already got way worse problems to deal with
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    How are you going to get to it if you need it?

    Like others said, I don't see any realistic use for this on the job. Other peoples survival emergencies tend to be different than ours. Yes, as a survival tool in the backwoods, sure might be handy to have. However, if we as firefighters, are in an emergency situation (I don't mean the emergency we're called to, I mean a FF emergency, bailout/trapped/etc) and we need a piece of survival equipment we tend to need it RIGHT ****ING NOW! I'm not gonna sit there and remove my gloves and unwind a thin piece of para-cord from my wrist.

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    Never thought I would see the day when a bunch of fireman were discussing what braclet to wear.
    Used to if a man had a braclet on he was under arrest.
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    I have two of them, and while I would never consider using them, I get asked a lot of questions about them, and then told it's a cool idea. I like them, I will probably never use them in an emergency situation however.

    (Mild OCD, I need the 'weight and width' from the two bracelets on my right hand to offset the weight of my watch on my left hand. Strange, I know)

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    Quote Originally Posted by MissouriRebel11 View Post
    So me and another firefighter were talking and got to the subject of these paracord bracelets. He was saying that he was planning on getting one,Does anybody have these and is there any real use for these on the job? I looked into them and they looked pretty cool but are they worth getting?
    You are right - they sure do look purty. (CUE THE BANJOS)

    Anyways, you can get ROLLS of paracord from Missouri Conservation right now - 4 rolls in a box, I forget how many thousand feet it is. FREE. Through the Lebanon re-use center. (along with pulse ox units, brush fire goggles, megaphones, and piles of other gear - FREE

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    Most are made of 12' of 550 cord. Usefull, no... it would take about 10 minutes to un-tie. The reason I wear one is it supports the Wounded Warrior's Foundation, and as an Iraq vet I know many people that this organization has helped. Also my way of showing support to our troops.
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    Quote Originally Posted by FiremanLyman View Post
    Most are made of 12' of 550 cord. Usefull, no... it would take about 10 minutes to un-tie. The reason I wear one is it supports the Wounded Warrior's Foundation, and as an Iraq vet I know many people that this organization has helped. Also my way of showing support to our troops.
    That's why I where them, but for a different cause. I've got two Thin Red Line ones.

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    550 cord melts.

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    Well thanks for all the info guys I never wear any bracelet or watch or anything but i heard of these and started to wonder if maybe i found a valueable tool for us to use now and then, I didn't even know much about them

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    Food for thought, I don't wear any jewelry, no rings, necklace, or anything. I wear a watch, because it is a tool. Use it for taking pulses, respirations, noting when a drug has been given or CPR starts and to tell time...

    I write this only because I am amazed at the number of firefighter/EMT's that don't wear a watch. I guess they have more rhythm than Jay-Z and don't need a watch to count time. I don't. Do not know your situation, maybe you are a volunteer that only responds to fires? I know that when I was a volunteer, we needed to be CPR certified, and that required the ability to take a pulse.

    Not busting on you, just amazed at how many firefighters don't wear a watch.
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    Im currently just a volly but im in an emt class with intentions on gettin my one and two next so i can be full time but we will be required to start wearing watches when we start clinicals next month and im definatly not used yet

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    and we also roll on most every ems call too and once i get done with my emt class ill be able to work on the patients within my scope of practice with the ambulance crew which will be very useful

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    After you do it for a while, you don't need to wear a watch. You can be in the general area within 10 bpm plus or minus. Initially, I don't need to know the exact rate, all I need to know is, is the rate fast, slow or normal? Is it regular or irregular? and what's the quality, weak, thready, strong, of bounding. I can get the exact number with the pulse-Ox or moniter later. If they stubbed their toe I'm just getting a ball park rate.

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    A timepiece is useful in the fire service. Marking the time of certain events is very useful.

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    Bracelets? I guess you don't like your wrists much. Good luck to you when it melts. I am sure you'll look good in the burn unit with a snazzy glob of goo on your wrists. Hey, while you're at it, get one of them "I fight what you fear" underarmor shirts too....so it will match the wrists. I suggest you go to a burn unit and inquire about the burn debridement process, they see if you still want that garbage
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    When I go camping, I usually take a 6ft piece of parachute cord, grab the middle and make a lark's head around my belt. Then drop the cord over the top of my pants and down one leg. Its easy to grab if necessary and I don't even notice its there.

    The bracelets are neat looking, but not real practical in my opinion.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nameless View Post
    A timepiece is useful in the fire service. Marking the time of certain events is very useful.
    Anymore all our timestamps are done by radio or MDC. And for medical I can use the moniter and the medic has a digital clock in it. There a plenty of devices that have a clock in them so I don't need to bother with one on my wrist.

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    Quote Originally Posted by VinnieB View Post
    Bracelets? I guess you don't like your wrists much. Good luck to you when it melts. I am sure you'll look good in the burn unit with a snazzy glob of goo on your wrists. Hey, while you're at it, get one of them "I fight what you fear" underarmor shirts too....so it will match the wrists. I suggest you go to a burn unit and inquire about the burn debridement process, they see if you still want that garbage
    okay, they got the point across a long time ago you dont have to be so bitter about it.

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