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    What is this with everyone wearing special gear from Brush Fires?
    I find a long-sleeve denim shirt, blue jeans, a ball cap, pig skin gloves and a pair of high top boots work just fine. Ya stick your frozen bottle of water in the back pocket and go to work. Or if it's really big, call DCNR and go home I recall a group of firemen who thought they were looking macho by wearing their heavy yellow brush gear to a forest fire; they asked if we really thought it was smart to wear our street clothes to the fire; We simply said it would be easier to haul their a**es out when they dropped w/ heat exhaustion. A few of them actually thought about it and took off the gear. Four of the ones who didn't fainted from heat exposure. Sometimes ya just gotta do it the old way!

    -Off subject-
    My grandfather worked for the Forest Service in the Days when there were no satalite-fire-finders and the 100' Tower & Alidade was the only way to go. They wore Jeans and high boots to every fire. I know all you young ones probably don't like Indian Tanks, well, Thats all there was and before that they used over sized steel watering cans. Immagine your moms little plastic plant water can oversize times 20 and made of galvanized steel. It makes you appreciate modern firefighting a whole lot more!

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    I carry myself in my bunker Pants & Coat and some other cool stuff....
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    Default WHAT I CARRY

    AS A JR.FF, AND NOT BEING ALLOWED INSIDE I CARRY 1 THING IN MY COAT POCKET, A 3 INCH SPANNER....CANT GO INSIDE, DON'T NEED INSIDE STUFF...ON THE OUTSIDE U NEED TO BE LIGHTWEIGHT AND MOVE AROUND EAISLY AND EFFICIENTLY THATS ALSO GONA HELP YOU IN THE POPULARITY DEPT. COMMON SENSE CANT GO INSIDE WHO NEEDS DOOR JAMS KEEP IT SIMPLE IT THE BEST WAY TO BE
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    Well....

    When I was active I carried...


    Helmet(NEW STYLE):

    1 MAG-LITE AA LIGHT ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF HELMET
    TINTED FACE SHIELD
    FEAR THIS STICKER (MUST HAVE)
    5 ACCOUNTABLITY TAGS(1 FOR COMMAND,1 FOR ACCOUNTABLITY,1 FOR U, AND 2 SPARES)

    Coat:
    Radio and that is it.

    Pants:

    1 NOMEX BIBED HOOD
    1 RES-Q WRENCH
    1 WINDOW PUNCH
    1 NOMEX GLOVES
    25 FT OF RESCUE ROPE
    2 D-RINGS(ALSO HAVE RESCUE BELT)
    3 DOOR TAGS
    SMITH AND WESSON SWAT KNIFE
    1 SEATBELT CUTTER
    1 SPANNER WRENCH

    COULD HAVE GOTTEN ALOT MORE STUFF JUST DIDNT SEE THE NEED FOR IT.. IT ALL IS ON THE ENGINE SO... BUT MY FAV TOOL I COULD NOT CARRY... THE HALLIGAN...

    -Andrew

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    HEHEYEAH!!!!! HALLIGAN ALL THE WAY! I also love the closet hook.
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    Default stuff

    Helmet(carins leather that is)- 3-way door chock/wedge
    - holder for my pelican light

    Jacket(morning pride FDNY style)- scott mask
    - latex med gloves
    - pelican light
    -flashing LED light
    -PASS and 2 accountability tags
    -Fire Gloves and work gloves
    -2 sewn webbing slings and nonlocking
    caribiner & figure 8
    -spyderco rescue knife

    Pants -folding spanner
    -40' bailout bag w/ 2 biners
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    ONLY THE BASICS:

    Helmet: Goggles, thats it!

    Coat: Gloves, Nomex hood, all the tags and stuff

    Pants: A pair of pliers (Don't ask why, I don't know either...)

    On me all the time, even at school: Mini-Mag Lite, med. gloves (never know when you'll need them)

    Keepin' it simple, it also lightens your load when you have the SCBA on, too...
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    i just got a leather Helmet

    Helmet-1 flashlight
    inside-a picture of my girlfreind

    Coat-2 tags
    Fire Gloves
    Rescue Gloves
    Change
    inside the coat
    glasses for motor vehicle crashes
    flashlight
    Pants-
    Nothing right now
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    Post pretty minimal

    I carry pretty minimal stuff, mostly because of lack of pocket space.
    (That and I don't have any money to buy anything or any direct need for anything more than I have.)

    Helmet:
    - (1) faceshield, attached
    - (1) American flag decal


    Bunker Coat:
    - (2) accountability tags*
    - (1) pair structural firefighting gloves
    - (1) pair leather clean-up gloves
    - (1) Responder 3 "C"-Cell Flashlight
    - (1) 2" Maxam utility knife
    - (1) flash hood**
    - (2) full length vehicle seat belts***
    - (1) pack tissues

    Bunker Pants:
    --- NO POCKETS ---

    * 2 tags, 1 for my seating position on the apparatus; other one would be for the accountability board/bucket if I was to go in the building, but that rarely happens because Explorers only are permitted inside of a structure fire to do overhaul after the fire totally out

    ** flash hood, mostly for warmth in the winter, since Explorers in NJ can't pack up or enter a burning structure

    *** seat belts, utility webbing cut out of vehicles we trained on


    Well, there ya go!


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    On my helmet only a light
    In my helmet pic of my girlfriend and son
    Jacket pocket mop up gloves door wedge 2pr latex gloves leatherman tool seat belt cutter window punch cpr mask
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    Got anymore things? I have been talking about the things you guys carry and now some of the guys are putting the same thing in their gear, what else do you carry?

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    Default what do you carry in your turnouts!!!

    HELMET: flash light, half shield, engine number

    COAT: hose strap, gloves, glove strap

    PANTS: res-q-rench(I love it), knife, nomex

    STATION WEAR: knife, flash light, pen, rubber gloves, wallet


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    alright, all you guys(and girls) carry way too much. Most of you need to carry a backpack to get everything in there. before i tell you all what i have lemmie say this: as you progress and do REAL training you will discover that less is better. You try crawlin on your belly or sliding through a wall breach with all this stuff... not easy. My personal experience with folding spanners is that they dont work worth a thing. there's never enough leverage.

    Helmet:
    2 acountability tags stuck between my skull cap and impact cap so they dont get stuck on anything.
    A light that fits between the side of my shield and my helmet so that it won't get caught on nothin.

    Coat:
    structural gloves on a glove strap
    sugar in inside pocket (I'm diabetic)
    1 extrication glove in each side pocket.
    Personal mask on quick release snap to get rid of it if no Pack is needed

    Bunkers:
    Leatherman multitool mounted on my suspenders and tied down to the stap to keep it from sliding all over when you take on and off your bunkers. This is small, light and is vvery usefull
    2 pair EMS gloves in a pouch on suspenders (9 Pairs???!!! are you preparing for world war III or what. If you use up 9 pairs of gloves on one call than you need way more medics)

    These are the things I find most useful over my years. you should be able ot move around freely and if you have to invert then all kinds of stuff will be fallin out of your pockets. Someone once said KISS : KEEP IT SIMPLE STUPID Full pant pockets only make it harder so get through narrow openings or use a full range of motion. Different departments run different runs so take what you MUST have leave the rest on the truck
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    Guys and girls, I know this is a junior post, but I stop in every once in a while to see what is happening with the juniors nowadays. I notice some of you are carring every piece of equipment you could possibly stuff into your turnout gear. This is probably not the wisest thing to do. For one you are adding a lot of unneeded wieght to something that is heavy enough as it is, and two, you are carrying a lot of things that are not needed that often.
    What I would suggest,(this is what I and a lot of other guys that work here do), is have a small duffle bag. Carry your extra gloves, and masks and wrenches and shirts for cold weather in your bag. When you go to a fire, pull out your masks and what ever else you need and take it with you, There is no use in carrying all of this excess weight every where and on every call you run. Carry only the basics in your turnouts, Gloves, hood, and flashlight.Everything else, stick in your bag. (Just remember to bring your bag with when you get on the truck.

    Just something to think about. This is a very common practice for a lot of departments to carry a small duffle bag.

    So try this out. It will take a lot of weight off of you, make your gear fit better.

    And for the person that was asking about the exploding golf balls, if you have a golf ball in your pocket and it explodes, you will already be dead because if a golf ball gets hot enough too explode, I can promise you that your turnout gear will already be in a ball of flames.

    Everyone have a nice day, I hope this advice helps,
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    i have had the same setup for the last 13 years

    helmet-
    wack-pack from thefirestore.com
    -1 Garvey light
    -2 wedges
    -window punch
    assisted opening knife
    golf tee
    ear plugs-inside of helmet
    spare cigerette- inside of helmet

    bunker jacket-
    accountability tags
    survivor light
    glove keeper-extrication gloves
    hood-inside pocket

    bunkers
    medical glove pouch-on suspenders
    bailout rig- rope and beaner, 45 or 50 foot
    fire gloves
    folding spanner
    watchman cap-for cold NY mornings and winters
    zippo
    channel lock
    heavy duty wire cutters

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    Quote Originally Posted by vfdffemt View Post
    i have had the same setup for the last 13 years

    helmet-
    wack-pack from thefirestore.com
    -1 Garvey light
    -2 wedges
    -window punch
    assisted opening knife
    golf tee
    ear plugs-inside of helmet
    spare cigerette- inside of helmet

    bunker jacket-
    accountability tags
    survivor light
    glove keeper-extrication gloves
    hood-inside pocket

    bunkers
    medical glove pouch-on suspenders
    bailout rig- rope and beaner, 45 or 50 foot
    fire gloves
    folding spanner
    watchman cap-for cold NY mornings and winters
    zippo
    channel lock
    heavy duty wire cutters

    Although this thread is six years old, you at least had the sense to do a search and continue an old thread rather than start a new one. Perhaps you can shed some of this knowledge to the others.
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    i am going on a ridealong with my paid department that i live in. I am a explorer with the next city over, and have my own turnouts. I was gaven permission to bring my turnouts on my ridealong to wear on calls, but im not sure what calls i should wear them on. I know some departments wear just pants on medicals or regular TC's, some wear full PPE to everything. What do YOU wear on different calls? I need to know what I should wear on what calls.

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    even though i am an explorer, we use alot of this stuff for training and i carry medical gloves everywhere when im riding along since im usually on the medic and we mostly run EMS calls
    so
    Helmet-real simple and light, i carry my two wooden wedges, which i use often, and my ESS googles, i use my google strapp to put my wedges in, works good
    Coat-inside pocket i alwasy have atleast one pair of medic gloves, on the outside pockets i have a pair of normal leather work gloves, my pelican light, webbing, and usually my structural gloves on the strap, or in the pockets
    Pants- i usually store my hood in the pockets cause i don it after i don my pant so i figure its a good spot to have it, i have another larger wedge in there that i use all the time to hold doors open, and my rescue wrench,and of course some medical gloves

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    Nothing...Maybe a pack of smokes, but I like to carry those in my station pants pocket to keep them dry.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MFD102Explorer View Post
    i am going on a ridealong with my paid department that i live in. I am a explorer with the next city over, and have my own turnouts. I was gaven permission to bring my turnouts on my ridealong to wear on calls, but im not sure what calls i should wear them on. I know some departments wear just pants on medicals or regular TC's, some wear full PPE to everything. What do YOU wear on different calls? I need to know what I should wear on what calls.
    Check with the guys of the dept to see what their SOPs/SOGs are.
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    Default Don't forget the H20 can, Irons and TIC.

    Bud handles in my left pants pocket. 20' and 10' webing in my Right.
    Left coat pocket -Tool pouch with: 25' of danger tape (rolled real tight), Nut driver/screwdriver(w/assorted bits in holder), red and yellow chaulk, folding razor knife, trauma shears, light stick and a itty-bitty pry bar (thanks Dennis).
    Right coat pocket- vise grips, cable cutters and fire gloves.
    Right breast pocket- Radio.
    Left brest pocket- sometimes H20. Safety glasses.
    Inside coat-work gloves.
    Helmet-2 TB/Dust masks.

    Stay safe!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ruffneck View Post
    Bud handles in my left pants pocket. 20' and 10' webing in my Right.
    Left coat pocket -Tool pouch with: 25' of danger tape (rolled real tight), Nut driver/screwdriver(w/assorted bits in holder), red and yellow chaulk, folding razor knife, trauma shears, light stick and a itty-bitty pry bar (thanks Dennis).
    Right coat pocket- vise grips, cable cutters and fire gloves.
    Right breast pocket- Radio.
    Left brest pocket- sometimes H20. Safety glasses.
    Inside coat-work gloves.
    Helmet-2 TB/Dust masks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by giweff View Post
    Bud Handles?
    They accumulate over the year from drinking to much Bud.

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    My god do you carry a lot! Of course that isn't always a bad thing.

    I carry a res-q-wrench in my pants. Other than that, I have an LED light on my helmet and a radio pocket.
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    Helmet: goggles, garrity light, wood chok (thinking about adding some nails) .

    Coat: structural gloves on a glove keeper (the glove keeper clips to the loop on the coat, opposte the radio pocket. there really good cuz they keep the cloves right in front of you. no fumbling threw pockets.) and my coat pocets are empty.

    Pants: Saftey Glasses(for extraction), mecchanics gloves(extraction again), and in the other pocket i keep several pairs of medical gloves. and i keep my nomex hood in between my boots.


    i tend to keep more stuff in my pants pocket cuz no matter what you pretty much always have your pants on, where as on a hot day you might take off your coat.

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