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    Is there anything an explorer should carry, or have with them??

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    A spanner wrench and work gloves.
    These are my opinions, not those of my career department, my volunteer company, or my affiliates. And by the way, I'm not a Junior.

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    Get a decent flashlight,multi tool and rope in addition to what Wfd said.
    You can get a Mini-Mag for like $9 bucks at CVS or something.
    You can goto the Hardware store buy a good pair of work gloves for like $3 and a Multi-Tool for $20 and about 15ft of kernmantle polypropaline(spell?) rope for $5.
    And goto the Firestore.com and get a spanner wrench for like $7.

    So for less than $45 dollars you can equip your self very very well.

    hope this helps you,enjoy the show.
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    im jsut curious to what the kernmantle polypropaline is and what its used for
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    im wondering the same thing



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    Kermantle Polypropylene (that's how it's spelled, take note) is, in layman's terms, rope. Plain and simple. Kermantle refers to the structure of the rope. Kern is the high-strength inner core, and mantle is the outer sheath. What it's used for is restricted only by your immagination. In my little world, there is very, very little that I can't do with about 50' of paracord, a chute, duct tape, and a small pocket knife. For rescue work, you should purchase static kermantle, a rope that has fibers running straight through the core. Dynamic kermantle has braided core fibers. Dynamic has a tendency to stretch about 30% more than static, so you don't want it for rescue work. The only concern I have about your choice of rope is the Poly-pro part. Polypropylene has a higher rate of stretch than something like nylon or polyester. It's only saving grace is that it's good for water rescue. Do not use polypro for repelling or rescue systems.

    Back on topic. You might consider purchasing about 25' of good quality rope (doesn't matter if it's static or dynamic if you're a cadet who is prohibitted from performing rescue work). It can be used on the fireground for a miriad of uses, such as raising and lowering tools, tying off things, whatever you want. Rope is handy stuff. Keep a 15' length of it in your pocket with a figure 8 knot in one end and a biner clipped on. As you learn more, you'll find more uses for it.

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    I think I may get some for that reason, raising/lowering tools.
    Thats one thing I can do one the fireground. But would webbing work just as good, it would be easy for me to get that, I already have like 3 50' starnds.
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    SARfreak hit it right on the head.There are so many things you can do with it.

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    Originally posted by WannabeintheFD
    Is there anything an explorer should carry, or have with them??

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    yeah an explorer should have a brain and want to gain knowledge about the fire service. The rest of that crap about rope and tools can wait, since fire explorers are PROHIBITED from functioning as personnel at the scene of an incident. Basically, they are gophers. Also, whoever stated polypropylene rope as a good thing to have, I would nix that, and get regular rope like nylon or polyester, since polypropolene is only good for raising tools and such, and cannot be used for rope rescue.

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    IM A JUNIOR/EXPLORER

    I CARRY THE FOLLWING THINGS IN MY GEAR:


    25FT. OF KERNMANTLE ROPE
    MULTI TOOL WHICH INCLUDES;
    GAS SHUT OFF
    SPANNER WRENCH
    SCREWDRIVER(WITH VARIOUS ADAPTERS)
    KNIFE
    HAMMER
    SELT BELT CUTTER
    AND VARIOUS OTHER ITEMS
    I ALSO CARRY TWO PAIRS OF WORK GLOVES ALONG WITH A PAIR OF OVERHALL AND EXTRICATION GLOVES.
    THIS IS THE GEAR THAT I CARRY WITH ME AT ALL TIMES. (WHENEVER I GEAR UP GOING TO A FIRE CALL)

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    YOU DON'T HAVE TO YELL!
    These are my opinions, not those of my career department, my volunteer company, or my affiliates. And by the way, I'm not a Junior.

    Buy me a drink, sing me a song, take me as I come 'cause I can't stay long.

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    2 pairs of fire gloves
    1 knife
    1 set of safty glasses
    1 spanner wrench
    1 pair of work gloves
    1 hood
    1 sweat shrit
    2 flash lights
    this is all either in my gear bag or in my gear itself

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