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    Hello all and thanks for all your advice in advance. Im a 13 year veteran in a small department in South East Pennsylvania Ive recently decided to join my counties Spec-ops team which includes rope trench collapse confined space haz-mat ect.
    Im going to be taking my ropes courses this spring/summer i was wondering what harness would be a good "starter" to get me through my classes and to eventually have a spare. Im not really sure what to look for in rescue gear Also what should i look for in a good helmet?

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    PETZL is about as good as they come. If you are potentially getting involved in confined space and rope work, I would go with a good class III harness, that way you get the best of both worlds.
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    http://www.thefirestore.com/store/pr...-Harness-NFPA/


    would something like that get me through class at least? is there any difrence between a rescue harness and a standard class 3 harness for climbing?

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    NO. This is NOT suitable, you WANT a harness with the rear attachment point.

    Suggestion: Instead of spending your own money, why not just use the team's assigned equipment? That way if yours gets damaged or fails an inspection, there is no loss to you. Additionally you become familiar with what the team uses and endorses.
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    Quote Originally Posted by FWDbuff View Post
    Suggestion: Instead of spending your own money, why not just use the team's assigned equipment? That way if yours gets damaged or fails an inspection, there is no loss to you. Additionally you become familiar with what the team uses and endorses.
    This. If you have to buy your own I would suggest this one; http://yatesgear.com/en/technical-rescue-ii-harness

    Are you going to do swiftwater work too? If so get a rope rescue helmet with vents. http://www.petzl.com/us/pro/vertical...-0/vertex-vent
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