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    You can see the chalk...u mark near the floor, for obvious reasons...u are crawling....u won't see it from across the room, but u will see it when searching
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    Another good use for the vise grips and chain is when you're forcing doors that swing away from you (like in a house). Once you force it, you can hold onto the chain to keep the door mostly closed. That way you don't get flame and fire gases in your face until you're ready to go in. Without the chain, the door might swing all the way in. If there's heavy fire there and you're not ready for it, you could be in a world of hurt.
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    Oh! I see! Too bad they don't make glow-in-the-dark chalk!

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    Laminated card of St. Florian (patron Saint of Firefighters), door wedge, WHIFFS mask and filter (for overhaul, highly recommend, www.whiffs.net), latex gloves, knife, ladder rope (to hold the hose onto the ladder), spanner wrench, flashlight, and small LED light (2.00 at Wal-Mart) on a d-ring of my coat for extra visibility.

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    hmmm... what is in my bunker gear? Usually just me!
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    Helmet -Picture of my wife, Garrity flashlight held on with a large rubber band, and a good-sized wooden chock.

    Coat -A hose strap, 25' of tubular webbing, several wooden chocks, seatbelt knife, safety glasses, a holster with 2 screwdrivers, a pair of needle nose pliers, another pair of standard pliers, and a window punch.

    Pants -a set of FF gloves and a set of work gloves, an escape rope system.

    I got ideas for a lot of this stuff from Harry Davis, Squad 18 FDNY.
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    Well my bunker pants have holes in the pockets so everything falls out. In the coat i have an albuteral inhaler, hair tie, cpr mask, packaging from a granola bar, and my gloves.
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    I could have sworn I responded to this same post before and I checked the link that was posted a few posts back but it must have been my imagination, hmm, anyway, turn outs:
    1 folding spanner wrench
    1 window punch
    asst. bands
    1 hood
    1pr leather fire gloves
    1 small roll med.tape
    1pr med. gloves
    1 flashlight
    1 radio
    1 cellphone
    pretty light compared to others here.
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    my turnout jacket I hang alot on the outside because when I put the straps from the SCBA on I can't get in my damn pockets. We have a radio pocket left chest high my radio inside flashlight outside, Gloves on a tie on that pocket too. nomex hood hanging on collar right side. Bunker pants rights side my rescue rope with two hooks. left side 2 knifes a pair of fence plyers (101 uses) a screw driver with diffrent attachments center punch and a leatherman like tool. on my suspenders trama shears and a mini mag light.
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    Let's see,inside coat pocket seatbelt cutter and center punch,outside pocket has a flashlight.Bunker pants right pocket has 3 wedges and a Sears multi-tool,left pocket has a spanner and a door hinge hook.Also left pants pocket has a hood.SCBA bag has a spare pair of gloves and a spare hood.My gloves hang on my coat with a glove strap.

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    Originally posted by Michelle Ann:
    Oh!! I don't mean to have rocks staying in my bunkers! I just...find pretty rocks, stuff them in my pockets as someone bellows "Hurry up Michelle!!!" and I forget about them.

    I was just curious? How do you find time to find pretty rocks and put them in your bunkers?

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    [

    How can you see chalk marks in a fire? It's dark and totally smokey and all black and stuff...how can you see anything let alone chalk??[/QB][/QUOTE]
    Wow, there is an inversion layer usually so you can see the mark. Are you walking in?

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    reading these lists i feel a little light
    the coat: steamlight and firebox key on hook, center punch in radio pocket, 1 pair exam gloves, fire field guide, ems field guide, and pen in inside pocket of coat, one nomex hood and folding spanner in outside pockets.

    the pants: one Gerber knife on waist adjustment straps, fire gloves one in each side pocket, another set of exam gloves. thats it.

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    reading these lists i feel a little light
    the coat: steamlight and firebox key on hook, center punch in radio pocket, 1 pair exam gloves, fire field guide, ems field guide, and pen in inside pocket of coat, one nomex hood and folding spanner in outside pockets.

    the pants: one Gerber knife on waist adjustment straps, fire gloves one in each side pocket, another set of exam gloves. thats it.

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    Hey Lenahan...how long u been on the job? How many fires u been in...If u have have been in any fires, u would know that not every part of the house is banked down with smoke....yea there are some instances, chalk is not used all the time only when warranted...get some time in FNG.....
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    This is why I dont like these forums........Mr CFFD, if you would read the WHOLE THREAD .......you would see that Lenahan is replying to HCTroubles goofy post about the chalk.......not making the same post. Instead of slamming him and asking all the dumb questions about howw much time he has on read the whole deal or I hope you enjoy chewing on your foot. Maybe you should go to the Illiturs n thu Fire Service post and try there.
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    pants pockets:
    - fire gloves
    - extrication gloves
    - window punch
    - phillips head screwdriver
    - flat head screwdriver
    - pliers
    - sprinkler wedges

    coat radio pocket
    - eyeglasses hard case
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    [quote]Originally posted by cffd20:
    Hey Lenahan...how long u been on the job? How many fires u been in...If u have have been in any fires, u would know that not every part of the house is banked down with smoke....yea there are some instances, chalk is not used all the time only when warranted...get some time in FNG.....

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    [quote]Originally posted by cffd20:
    Hey Lenahan...how long u been on the job? How many fires u been in...If u have have been in any fires, u would know that not every part of the house is banked down with smoke....yea there are some instances, chalk is not used all the time only when warranted...get some time in FNG.....


    Wow that came out of left field. I only made the comment, because how have you not heard of using chalk to mark your primary and secondary searches?
    If smoke is banking that bad, then may'be you should try some positive ventilation.

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    Thanks Josh,

    I appreciate your comment. It is still nice to see people watching each others back. Sometimes I wish people would read the whole statement.

    He should have posted, how long you been on the forums? You screwed up your quote knucklehead!

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    Let's see:

    Helmet: "Toe tags" on which my name is spelled correctly! Thank you, Capt. Thompson;
    Icon of St. Herman of Alaska (Orthodox monk & missionary who fought wildland fires single handed);

    Coat: Ziplock bag with LOTS of latex gloves, spanner, pens that have lights at the tip so you can write in the dark (most of our calls are medical), bandanna, hood, & structure gloves, pager;

    Suspenders: Pocket mask;

    Pants: Hose strap;

    Boots: Thorolo over-the-calf socks, great if you're apt to respond in shorts, or a nightgown, or stark nekkid, thus risking chafed calves.

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    What's in my turnout gear? A lot
    lets start at the top:
    helmet - an inner tube rubber band (cover the name on my helmet so you can't prove its my picture in the paper) a pair of goggles (they look cool, but after the first food on the stove call they got so dirty you cant' see through them anymore) i used to carry door chocks and a garrity light when i had a traditional style helmet, but now we have the new kind and it just wont stay in, the rubber band keeps slipping off. on the inside is a picture of my dad, my brother and i at a training fire, the only time we all got to fight fire together.

    coat - another rubber band and some more inner tubes cut to fit over door knobs and hold them unlatched, a hinge hook(also used to be on my helmet), a 4" pocket knife, leather work gloves, nomex leather work gloves(actually air force pilots gloves) a flashlight on a hook on the right side, a window punch and a few door chocks in the radio pocket cause its so big you could put a base station radio in it. and some latex gloves

    pants - latex gloves in a case on my suspenders, plus more on the inside pockets, ringers extrication gloves, a cpr pocket mask, 20 or so feet of webbing in a loop, another flashlight, a gerber multi plier on the take up strap, a tft res q wrench, a pump pressure card for those long complicated lays at oh-dark-thiry in the morning, and a hose strap.

    i also have a gut belt that has 60' of 8mm escape rope in a bag that i leave in the truck for any building under 3 stories. i also have an m-16 magazine case that has a 4 way screwdriver, pliers, channel locks, wire cutters, vise grips with 10' chain(actually a dog leash), shove knife, ems shears, spanner wrench and a hacksaw with a blade that folds into the handle, and a box cutter.

    and finally, its not in my turnout gear but i carry it, i used to have a 20" mini haligan, but it was too much to carry for too little return, so i replaced it with a 4' aluminum FDNY style roof hook.

    and no it doesn't slow me down, the only problem i ever had was the gut belt, but its less bulk than an scba.

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    man...do i feel like a rookie. hmm...lets see...in my right pocket....i have a 3 foot piece of webbing, a pair of pliers, a carabiner and a wedge. what about those spanner, window punch, etc..etc. combos...are they worth a crap? in my left pocket are my gloves...then i have my hood pulled through on my mic holder on my coat. i have a multi-tool on the outside waist adjuster. any suggestions on what else to carry?
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    We don't use chalk in either of my fire departments and I've never seen anyone use it. That's why I asked about it. Go figure!
    I don't know if we'd ever use chalk on a call. I'll have to ask about that.

    What else do you guys use or do to mark doors or keep from getting lost?
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    Interesting reading here...

    However I didn't see anyone carrying spark plugs in there pockets.

    Anyone care to hear this one???

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