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    Question what's in your jump bag

    Give me some ideas...what is in your dept's extrication jump bag or as some may call it "officers bag"
    ...thanks in advance
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    Glenn, on our 1st out rigs we have a tool bag a little longer than the length of our recip saws. It's got a wide center compartment in which we carry a Dewalt 24 volt saw (with battery) and a Glas-master windshield saw(with a center punch in the handle). The bag also has vertical tool slots in which we carry a set of Klein cable cutters, trauma shears, and at least 5 x 9in. Torch blades. We also carry at least 2 of the compact space blankets in the bag for initial patient covering. Probably going to soon add a set of Zmag's tire deflation chucks to each bag as well. The bag makes it easy to have our most commonly used extrication handtools available quickly, and saves us a trip back to the rig to fetch the toolbox.

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    Our "IC" bags carry pretty much the same tools in each bag:

    - sprung loaded centre punch
    - cable cutters
    - channel lock pliers
    - valve stem remover
    - seat belt cutter

    There is an IC bag in 3 out of 4 of our trucks, the Tanker being the exception to the rule. Its usually the only truck to "stay home" unless the incident involves a full blown fire.
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    Our kit in our rescue is a small toolbox.

    It contains:
    * 6x pairs nitrile gloves
    * 6x ear plugs
    * 1x trauma shears
    * 1x side cutters
    * 1x pliers
    * 1x shifter (adjustable spanner)
    * 1x 12" telescopic mirror
    * 1x multi grips
    * 1x mould grips
    * 1x ring cutter
    * 1x centre punch
    * 1x window hammer
    * 1x stanley knife
    * 1x glass removing tool (Not sure of the proper name!)
    * 1x roll 2" tape
    * 1x laerdral resus mask


    I think thats it....
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    Excellent Ideas all!

    You might also add some loops or lengths of 1" webbing for tying off flapped roofs, doors, or pulling pedals, etc.

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    We carry webbing and ratchet straps, but they are kept with the main extrication gear in the truck.

    This might be a strange question, Lutan, but do you mean by "multi grips" and "mould grips", also for what application do you use the "ring cutter"? I suspsect some of these tool names are local words, like spanner vs wrench, but I ask just in case, cuz ya know I'm kinda nosey sometimes.
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    Default Explanations...

    Multi-grips- just like an adjustable spanner, but rely on the user squeezing the handles together to keep the pressure on them.

    Mould grips- similar to the multi's, but you can lock the tool onto the item being undone. (Such as on a nut or bolt head)

    Ring cutter- a tool that has a small tongue that slides between a ring band and the flesh of the finger. You then start to manually spin a diamond blade and can cut through the band to release it from the finger.

    I'll get some photos- its easier than trying to explain!
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    Ok, lets see if I have the descriptions right here:

    Multi grips - I think we would think of those as channel lock pliers (I think). Ours are adjustable to a variety of size openings, sounds similar anyway.

    Mould grips - sounds a lot like using vice grips here. Again, use description matches more or less to stuff we use.

    Seems mostly a difference between using the Queens English and North American English (spanner = wrench and stuff like that)

    The ring cutter has really intrigued me now. I can see the obvious uses for it, but have never heard of one out this way, although I am sure that there is a similar device in someone's tool box.

    Standing by for the photos - that will explain much, I think. Thanks Lutan.
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    The ring cutter has really intrigued me now. I can see the obvious uses for it, but have never heard of one out this way, although I am sure that there is a similar device in someone's tool box.
    You can buy ring cutters commercially from places like Dyna-Med and such. We carry one in our squad but to my knowledge, we have only used it once to remove a wire tie a child had secured on his finger. I am curious how much one gets used for rescue operations to justify the space it takes up in your jump bag?
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    here's a pic of a ring cutter. got it off the www.galls.com website. thanks for the info y'all have posted. this gives me a list to compile to make a bag for my department.
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    Thanks for all of the input...
    Here is what we will have in our bag...


    marking crayons
    inspection mirror
    vise grips
    side cutters
    battery cable cutters
    channel locks
    8"-10" adjustable
    hammer
    rubber mallet
    utility knife
    emergency blanket
    spare safety glasses
    ear plugs
    extra set of rescue gloves
    paramedic shears
    electricians putty---dumb dumb
    golf tees -(fuel line plugs)
    wooded plugs for fuel tanks
    small flash light
    glas-master
    dust mask
    spring loaded center punch
    webbing
    seat belt cutter
    extra sawzall blades
    duct tape

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