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    hello all. I have been looking for a place to acquire a personal set of turnouts. I have found many on ebay but all are either expensive or so worn that they are useless. do any of you know where I may try next in my search?


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    I have a pair of used turnouts I need to sell, but not sure how to sell them over internet. I'm thinking of Craigslist.
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    If they are over 10 years old you shouldn'tbe using them anyways. They no longer meet NFPA.
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    What do you need them for? Are you going to use them for fighting fire? Doesn't your dept. provide them for you? I would be wary of used turnouts for working fire. Long list: poor condition, age, maintenance issues, poor fit and as Fyred said no longer in compliance. If not for working fire, it would not matter. Just don't get them mixed up with your good gear.

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    i guess i am just looking for a spare set to personally own. using them for training (not necessarily live fire) but extrication and such. waterfights too. my department provides turnouts for us but i figured if i could get a relatively inexpensive set that would save my department pair from extra abuse and wear and tear i would pick them up. it was to my understanding that as long as they met nfpa 1971 and did not have rips/holes/tears that they could still be used. is that incorrect?

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    I am not sure about the rips holes tears. But I do know that sunlight and artificial light degrade the fabric to a point that it is no longer considered safe to wear. I believe that is why it is recommended they be taken out of service after ten years. I do know of volunteer companies that keep turnout gear for over ten and even fifteen years because they see little use, but the artificial light in a station can degrade the fabric over time. I would say if there is any chance of seeing fire while wearing the used turnouts it should be reconsidered. Even for extrication, as we should always have a charged line ready. But if you are going to use them for just training to keep your other set nice I don't see why that would be a problem.

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    you might try govdeals , public surplus etc. and bid on a lot of gear , pick out some to suit you and ebay the rest.
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