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    Red face New firefighter needs advice!

    I have to admit I'm a little embarassed, but since I constantly read that there's 'No such thing as a stupid question'--- here goes:

    I have a list of equipment about a mile long from my Capt & other 'crusties' at my station. Everybody seems to have their own opinion of what the 'essentials' are for your turnout gear. Different Pelican(s), cribbing(s), carabiner(s), etc.... I'm sure that everyone here has a different opinion, but here goes:

    What kind & types of gear do you keep handy in (or on) your TO gear?

    Thanks in advance for your help!
    Once again....the above views are my own and not that of my department. (And probably should not be construed as having any real meaning, whatsoever!)

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    The equipment I carry with me at all times in my turnout gear consists of:
    helmet mounted flashlight
    small seatbelt cutter, (the kind many distributors give away free), attached to the brim of my helmet with velcro
    colapsable spanner (rescue wrench)
    multi-bit screw driver
    5 - 6 foot length of rope
    centre punch (or window punch)

    These are all small items that don't take up much space.

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    It's all good and just a matter of preference. You being a new guy, probably should wait and develop your own list based upon your experience and jurisdictional needs.

    Be sure to be careful though if you decide to wear a patch on your turnouts!!!...{see "Tried once Tried twice postings on this forum}.

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    DRY SOCKS, TRUST ME ON THIS ONE...
    http://wheelingfire.com

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    Add dry underwear with those dry socks.

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    or should we say CLEAN underwear

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    Clean dry socks and underwear are definatly a plus!

    I carry the following equipment
    Helmet- 2 wedges, shove knife
    Coat pocket- 3 door straps
    Pants pocket right - breathing tube, work gloves, 8' and 20' webbing w/ carabiners and flashight
    Pants pocket left- knife, pocket spanner, leatherman, small nut driver/screwdriver combo kit

    dont have any room for the change of clothes

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    Usually carry a flashlight, door wedges, door stop, marking chalk, life line, pry tool of some sort,a touque for those cold Saskatchewan winters and maybe a pen & medical gloves.

    Depends on the situation...really. Hope this helps.

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    I carry

    Helemt: Disposable flashight, and swiss army knife (tucked under a big rubber band(old truck tire tudes work best)) and i have a mount for another flash light too, so at night I got head lights , ha ha

    Coat:Communication radio, and the flash light the could go on my helemt.

    Bunker pants: i have a belt on my pants, which i made out of seat belt and mettal rings, on that i have my gloves (with a glove strap) and a Res-Q-Wrench.

    In the pockets of the pants, are my extrication gloves, another seat belt cutter, cpr mask.


    And the tool i love most, my gel insoles in my boots !

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    I will start on my helmet:
    1. A flashlight
    2. Door Wedges

    On My Coat
    1. Accountablility Tags
    2. Firefighting gloves hooked on with a glove strap

    In My Coat
    1. Medical Gloves and a small first aid kit.
    2. A pair of wire cutters in each pocket. (if you get entangled it doesn't matter what side you are on you can get to a pair.

    On My Pants
    1. A First Responder Knife from Smith and Wesson. This knife works as a seat belt cutter and has a built in window punch.

    In My Pants.
    1. One pocket has ropes of different sizes for rescue hoisting etc.
    2. A pair of wire cutters in each pocket. (if you get entangled it doesn't matter what side you are on you can get to a pair.
    3. The other pocket is my mva pocket. Equipment such as large pliers small pliers and a small ratchet with the standard size for side post battery mounts. Extrication Gloves.

    I make sure that all my gear gives me a way to get to if needed when I am in trouble.
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    Flashlight
    extra hood
    2" tape
    multi-bit screwdriver
    spanner
    25' webbing
    allen wrenches
    simplex "b" key
    door wedges
    work gloves
    grease pencil
    "We shouldn't be opening firehouses in Baghdad and closing them in New York City."

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    I keep my hood in my helmet, tuckeed in the net above my heaad.


    Hey Duffman, what are the allen wrenches for? I've seen others with them.

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    Hey Duffman, what are the allen wrenches for? I've seen others with them.
    We have a lot of pull stations that are reset by opening them with an allen wrench. some of the newer ones have keys. Nothing is worse than walking all the way across a 500,000 square foot building only to find out you need a tool that is still in the engine.
    "We shouldn't be opening firehouses in Baghdad and closing them in New York City."

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    Helmet(N5A):
    2 door wedges
    Coat:
    10 feet 1" webbing with loops at each end
    two pair medical gloves
    Pants:
    7" titanium divers knife kept razer sharp and always reachable
    Med. vise grips
    Small multi-head screw driver
    Bail-out bag (30' 7mm static KM rope,2 "beaners", mini 8)
    Shove knife
    spring loaded centerpunch
    I.A.C.O.J.


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    On coat: motorola XTS 3000 radio; "003" key (here in Australia used to access fire alarm panels) attatched with a mini 'biner; Pelican SuperSabre flashlight (supplementary to the one on the SCBA set). In coat pockets: structural gloves and hood (when not wearing them); 2 pairs nitrile medical gloves; multi tool; elkhart folding coupling tool; 2 small rubber door chocks (about 2 1/2 in. long) In bunker pants pockets; 2 pairs leather gloves (used for cleanup, extrication{over nitrile gloves) etc); 1 pair neoprene/chemical gloves.

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    Smile Thanks Everyone!!!

    Thanks!!! I knew I could trust you guys & gals for a sanity check. A lot of the stuff you've mentioned made the list I compiled...some stuff I never would've thought of!!!!

    Keep the ideas flowing in!!

    Stay Safe!

    -FightingDevil

    Once again....the above views are my own and not that of my department. (And probably should not be construed as having any real meaning, whatsoever!)

    IACOJ

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    Default Tools

    Helmet- Flashlight, big rubber band, 2 sprinkler wedges

    Coat-Radio Pocket- Radio Duh
    Left- Goggles(so I am compliant due to Bourkes),
    Spare Accountability tag

    Right- Trauma Shears, Cold Steel ER Knife, folding spanner
    Side cutters, leatherman
    Truckie Belt- 2 Wedge Its, Pelican Flashlight on Gear Keeper
    Right Pant- 6' webbing,14' 8mm rope w/2 Biners
    Left Pant- Extrication gloves, spare knife
    Inside Coat- St. Florian Medal on a Chain...Never hurts.
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    Default more stuff...

    I was walking in those same boots not to long ago Devil...

    i'm like a pack-rat, but everyone in my company knows that I probably have the needed gadget somewhere in my gear...

    in addition to all the usual stuff (wedges, lights, knife, rope etc)
    I've added a mechanical pencil under my lid
    (my officers never seem to have any writing implements with them)
    and, something I picked up on a thread like this before,
    a golf ball or 2...it's quick way to vent a 2nd/3rd story window
    (but try to keep that out of sight until needed-lest the officer's find it and attempt to bounce it off your dome)

    as for other advice, check into these forums often, lots of stuff can be learned here.

    best of luck and stay low...

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    Helmet- strap, disposable flashlight,sprinkler wedges, nails

    Coat- radio, cpr mask, med. gloves, leatherman tool

    Pants- screwdriver, knife, 20' of 1" webbing, folding spanner,dalmation good luck charm, and a 2 cell mag light-good for light but also as a vent tool, hammer etc.
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    I'm not in too a laundry list of equipment in my gear.

    That being said. Our department (career) requires a personal ight of some kind as a back-up. I keep use a yellow sabrelight I e had for about years. Wehave the Streamlight vulcans and lite boxes which to me are good for salvage, but too big for actual attack. We are also issued about 12 feet of webbing for a hasty harness and 30' of 7 or 8mm rope for rapid escape. MAN, my pckets are bulging now.

    ANYWAY, my recommendations:

    Handlight (if you dont have them on the truck)
    WIRE CUTTERS!! Better have those. Those wires, dryer vents an HVAC duct can trap you.
    MAYBE some rope or webbing

    I WOULD NOT recommend helmet mounted lights, they can get entangled in wires, ducts, etc. See wire cutters.

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    If you do medical, I have to have the trauma shears. Other than that, the usual folding spanner, radio, hose strapsX2 helmetlight, flashlight...

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    I didnt see in any one of your post that you carry a PASS device, why is that?

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    Our PASS devices are integrated into our SCBA, when you turn on the air, it turns on.

    Where did everyone find the webbing?

    I carry a pair of wire cutters in both right and left pockets, chocks, screwdriver, leatherman, extrication gloves, smaller flashlight (Pelican I think) and a small adjustable wrench that has knives on the handle.
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    Cool

    I like my ChannelLock pliers, they're great for taking apart toilets and other situations that require more torque than a Leatherman.
    One thing that I carry is a bag with a handful of change. If you ever work a cardiac arrest at 3 am and get stuck at the hospital for a while you'll enjoy the snack and soda that it'll get ya!
    Has anyone mentioned a pair of work gloves? I hate getting my structure gloves saturated while rolling hose.
    Webbing is available through catalog/online suppliers like Galls or at any climbing store. Tubular webbing is more supple, but has less strength. For personal use (especially non-life safety use) either will do.

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