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    Default So whats in/on your turnout

    Basic question here, but I am always looking for new ideas and even the basics can be improved on.... so whats in in or on your turnout gear? Mine is used about 80% of the time on MVA's

    Mine:

    Helmet: Elastic band with garrity flashlight, wood wedge.

    Coat: Pelican flashligh hanging from loop on chest(yeah, I know thats two lights but each has its uses), gloves and hood in left pocket unless needed.

    Pants: Right pocket 33 feet of tubular nylon with a carbiner on one end, left pocket two extra wedges.

    I am seriously considering adding a set of wire cutters to my coat pocket after reading several stories of firefighters being hung up in wires and also having been in situations where they would have come in handy otherwise, and am looking for a set that is heavy duty and easy to handle in gloves, any suggestions here?

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    Helmet: Minimag and union sticker

    Coat: Pelican Flashlight
    Pocket knife
    Seat belt cutter
    Leatherman tool
    Carbiner

    Pants: Pair of wedges
    4 pairs surgical gloves
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    If you want wire cutters, get a set of Fence Pliers. It has a spike end a hammer end, two wire cutters and they are pliers that work well on residential meters and such.
    I use mine on just about every incident. Many companies make them but after breaking several I found a company called Moore Maker Inc. A bit expensive but very well built. They have lasted several years and are still going strong. http://catalog.mooremaker.com/viewPr...item_id=498362

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    Helmet:
    Flashlight
    Hinge-Lock Door Chock (Most of our area is SFDs, wood chocks don't work as well.)- Bought this from DCFD Engine 10's website
    Reflective shamrock & FDNY 9/11 stickers

    Coat:
    Nothing-no pockets

    Pants:
    TFT Res-Q-Wrench
    Fire Gloves
    Mechanic's gloves for extrications, overhaul, etc.
    20' of webbing w/ a 'biner
    St. Florian coin (given to me by my wife for a "lucky charm")
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    Originally posted by ADSNWFLD
    If you want wire cutters, get a set of Fence Pliers. It has a spike end a hammer end, two wire cutters and they are pliers that work well on residential meters and such.
    I use mine on just about every incident. Many companies make them but after breaking several I found a company called Moore Maker Inc. A bit expensive but very well built. They have lasted several years and are still going strong. http://catalog.mooremaker.com/viewPr...item_id=498362
    Man, that is perfect! You just made up my mind. I forgot to mention my leatherman is always on my pants belt also, just not in my turnout gear. I may add one to it soon however.

    Time for a trip to tactor supply to see if they have some decent ones.

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    Oh boy let's see:

    Helmet:
    Garrity Light
    Two Nails (to replace wood wedges)
    Shamrock sticker
    Star of Life sticker
    "Irons" sticker
    My lucky angel pin (on my front piece)

    Coat Pocket:
    Leatherman Tool
    Window Punch
    Trauma Scissors (make a great seat belt cutter Too!)
    Med Tape
    Wire Cutters in the side pocket

    Pants:
    Old Backboard Strap
    Some rope
    Wood Wedge
    Extrication Gloves
    Spare Nails

    It might seem like a lot but everything is on there for a purpose :-D stay safe
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    Cool How About That!!.........

    SOMEBODY besides me uses nails instead of wedges for doors. Awright! Damn near a lost art around here. I carry a couple of BunGee cords as well, helps hold open commercial doors, also keeps fan in the window, holds chain link fence/gates open as well. Stay Safe....
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    Thumbs up Forgot my most recent addition:

    Two golf balls.

    Got the idea from someone on the Watch Desk forums:

    If you are in a large area, lose the wall, and become disoriented you can throw the golf balls (one at a time) in a direction and if they bounce back chances are there might be a wall that way.
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    Default Something nice...

    I got the standard stuff, but I love this wedge
    product. Check it out....

    http://www.thefirestore.com/store/category.cfm?cid=456

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    Firestore's newer large rubber wedge claims to do all the things the wedge-it does, but for $3. Haven't used it, so I can't comment on it.

    http://www.thefirestore.com/store/product.cfm?pID=1558

    The nails are great to hold open doors for ventilation, etc. Be careful if you're using them to keep a door from closing on a line, or some other application where a door closing could mean a dangerous situation for you. Hinge wedges and hooks would be better in such instances, even though the nails are easier to carry.

    I've been considering a bungee cord up on the helmet... have had numerous instances where one would come in handy.

    Oh yeah, and search for "pockets" using the search feature... You'll find a bunch of information from prior posts.
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    Default Same ol Stuff

    I carry your basic stuff in the usual places. In addition I carry the following:

    L pant pocket
    25' of webbing in a water knot and 2 locking carabineers
    Wire cutters

    R pant pocket
    TFT Rescue Wrench
    Wedge It (thanks Bou)

    Waist of bunkers
    Trauma shears on the right
    pouch of medical gloves on the left

    I'm thinking of losing the gloves in the pouch on the waist and replacing them with 30'of 8mm rope for personal bailout. I just don't know, seems kinda hard to get too while on air and very few multi story buildings in my area. Any thoughts?

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    For me its...

    Helmet:

    Rubber band with a Garrity light, window punch and some small wood wedges.

    Coat:

    Company issued PASS device hooked to coat.

    Inside pocket - CPR pocket mask and some rubber gloves.

    Outside pockets - Hood, 10' of tubular webbing, basic locking pocket knife, 2 3 prong to 2 prong electric cord adapters, a big marking crayon and ear plugs.

    Pants:

    Rubber glove pouch on suspenders.

    6 volt flashlight attatched by a carabiner to side pull strap on waist of pants.

    Left pockets - extrication gloves, general purpose work gloves, safety glasses, 15' of tubular webbing, generic leatherman type tool, small cresent wrench, shove tool.

    Right pockets - fire gloves, bail out bag with 35' of rope and accessories, line mans pliers, utility knife.

    Have used all most all of it at one time or another.
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    helmet; garrity light, rubber strap that is used to prevent doors from locking and also to signify primary and secondary search completed, helmet rubber strap, wooden wedge, and accountability tags.

    coat; outside-pelican lite, right pocket-2 golf balls and 15 foot of webbing, left pocket-2 more wooden wedges, pen light and exam gloves.

    bunkers; outside-right firefighting gloves hooked to glove strap, left-outside carabiner, rescue gloves hooked to strap, and leatherman tool. inside-right seat belt cutter, center punch, and shove knife. inside-left is LED light, bungie strap, and hood


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    Left Chest Radio Pouch:
    Radio
    1 pair 9 inch Klein Lineman Pliers in leather scabbard
    (got tangled in ceiling wires once. ONCE!)

    Right Chest:
    Streamlight flashlight in nomex sewn on holder

    Left outside coat pocket:
    Trauma Scissors - surgical steel
    carpenters center punch - takes out tempered glass
    electrical tape -
    Rescue Extrication Gloves

    Left inner chest pocket:
    1 breakable glow stick
    4 pair of Latex Gloves
    pediatric/adult medical data reference card

    Right outside coat pocket:
    5 inch buck knife
    1 superleatherman tool
    key to the drill tower
    1 handkerchief

    Left leg bellows pocket:
    40 feet of static kernmantle 1/2 inch rope
    2 locking carabiners
    1 30 foot length of nylon webbing - rolled up
    1 pair of thin rubberized gloves for rolling hose.

    Right leg:
    Structural fire fighting gloves
    1 25 foot section of search webbing with pre tied loops
    1 of those cool wedges that I got from the firestore.

    That's it. But I'm always looking for newer and lighter replacement stuff.
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    I have something on my pants not mentioned yet, a gemtor class II rescue harness.

    I also have a piece of webbing that is attached to my harness and goes into my pants pocket. Not for self rescue, not for a hasty harness, its to wrap around a nozzle while i'm putting my facepiece on, so no one comes and takes my nozzle

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    So what options do you like/love/demand in your turnout gear. I'm getting my first set of new issue gear and can spec out in general what options I want.

    What say you?

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    its to wrap around a nozzle while i'm putting my facepiece on, so no one comes and takes my nozzle
    Good one spoOk

    So what options do you like/love/demand in your turnout gear. I'm getting my first set of new issue gear and can spec out in general what options I want.
    A long coat with "hand-warmer" pockets.

    That's the biggest complaints we have about ours, the coats ride up and when we're standing around outside (ice rescues, mva's, etc.) our hands get damn cold!
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    Pretty well the same as everyone but I keep my hood in my helmet so I don't dump my pockets when I go to get it and I have a laminated pump chart in my inside pocket. Oh and a pen-size wireless, touchless household voltage detector for overhaul.

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    I know i'm not a seasoned veteran like some people here but i figured i'd give my list of stuff I keep in my gear:

    Helmet- two wedges/door chocks, 1 pair of trauma shears

    Coat- survivor flashlight clipped to one of my buckles, extrication gloves in my outside pockets, copy of my EMT card and a pair of safety glasses in my inside pocket.

    suspenders- 3+ pairs of EMS gloves in a glove pouch

    pants- nice set of cable cutters (less than $20 at home depot), structural FF gloves (one in each pocket), webbing, utility rope, more wedges.
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    Lightbulb

    Helmet: stealth light and rubber band and pictures of the kids
    Coat: nomex hood, with a spidco on a string around my neck tucked into my coar 20 ft tubular webbing, large carabener on webbing
    Pants. door tags, gloves, lite stick
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    Gear Bag: 2 bottles of water, beef jerky, safety glasses, 8" leather boots and bandanna for wildland stuff, earplugs

    Left coat pocket: 2 folding spanner wrenches, leatherman tool, lots of latex free gloves

    Chest pocket: mini maglight, space for a radio

    Right coat pocket: a Rosary

    Pants pocket: 16' of bright yellow tublular webbing. We call it a "rescue strap" around here

    Medical Jumpsuit (that I wear under my turnouts): loads of latex free gloves, a pocket knife, mini dictionary, CPR mask, Sharpie markers, a pen, scrap paper, a pocket watch, and the Gospel of Saint John

    I need new wedges for my helmet and I think I'll investigate those big yellow ones that someone posted here. Those golfballs sound like a good idea...

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    Default My Stuff

    Helmet: Rubber strap, 2 wedges and 4 golf tees. They are great for
    plugging up busted fuel lines and the like.

    Coat: Radio Pocket-Radio when I can get one, empty when I can't.
    Right Coat Chest-D-ring wth Accountability tags and pelican
    light.
    Left Coat pocket-50' cheap clothesline-ties off jet siphon
    hoses, gates, commercial doors(nails don't work in metal door
    frames)
    Right Coat Pocket-extra wedges but they might get replaced
    by a glow stick and a couple golf balls, I got a few
    with 'smiles' on em'
    Pants:Left Leg-fire gloves and hood
    Left Suspender-glove pouch with as many pairs of latex gloves
    as I can stuff in to it
    Right take up strap-Contractors pouch with EMT Shears, mini-mag,
    Gerber tool, old swiss army knife and a pen (can't seem to keep
    any in the clip board with the PCR's) easily dropped when it's
    not a medical call
    Right Leg- here we go, my "junk pocket", but I use it all-TFT
    Res-Q-Rench (means you got a seatbelt or cheap clothesline
    cutter, window punch, spanner wrench), cheap mid-sized pair of
    vice-grips, lineman's pliers, what I call a 4-way screwdriver
    (2 size phillips, 2 size slotted and usually 2 different sized
    nut drivers where the bits go-good for taking apart appliances)
    and 20' of 7/16 kernmantle rope with a 'biner on each end.

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    Default pockets at al

    1. helmet - stelthlite (built in), nomex hood and for the cold season a nice warm helmet liner (wear it under the nomex hood).
    2. left chest pocket - pen, extra stelthlite, couple of heavy duty paper towels, small plastic baggie with glasses cleaner and a lens cloth, about 8' hunk of rope with a caribeaner.
    3. right coat pocket - right Ff glove, multitool, folding knife (with big thumb nob), 2 door wedges (but also think I'm gonna check out those plastic ones).
    4. left coat pocket - left Ff glove
    5. right bunker pants pocket - plastic pouch of non-latex gloves, rescue sissors.
    6. left bunker pants pocket - extrication gloves.
    7. thin fanny pack type belt - pouch with 28' kermantle rope, with 2 caribeaners, folding rescue tool/spanner on caribeaner style large clip, and 'Rescue Buddy" (multi-purpose Fire Rescue Tool) in its leather pouch on the belt.
    8. Accountability tag on coat snap.
    9. also always have another misc. bag next to turn out gear bag with lotsa misc. especially haz mat book and binoculars.
    Got some great ideas on this post for that little bit of room left in the left coat pocket, thanks for all the ideas.

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    SCOOP, I DO THE SAME THING WITH MY HOOD, IN THE HELMET. SAVES ME A LOT OF DIGGING AROUND. AS FOR THE REST OF MY GEAR

    HELMET[/B]
    RUBBER STRAP
    GARRITY LIGHT
    TWO WOODEN WEDGES
    ONE SHAMROCK STICKER
    ONE FDNY 343 STICKER

    COAT
    RADIO IN RADIO POCKET (OF COURSE)
    PELICAN FLASH LIGHT OFF OF HOLDER LEFT CHEST
    RIGHT POCKET MECHANIX EXTRICATION GLOVES
    LEFT POCKET LEATHERMAN TOOL AND WINDOW PUNCH

    PANTS

    SUSPENDERS MEDICAL GLOVE HOLDER ONE PAIR MED. GLOVES
    LEFT POCKET STRUCTURAL GLOVES,TWO EXTRA WEDGES
    RIGHT POCKET RESCUE WRENCH CARIBENER

    TRUCKMANS BELT
    60 FOOT 8 MM RESCUE ROPE FOR BAIL OUT
    MINI AXE IN SHEATH
    ANOTHER CARIBENER

    SINCE WE HAVE A 100 FOOT TILLER LADDER WE DO ALOT OF TRUCK COMPANY OPERATIONS, SO EACH MEMBER IS ISSUED A TRUCKMAN'S BELT AND IS REQUIRED TO TAKE IT ON ALL FIRE, MVA, AND RESCUE CALLS. IT DOES COME IN HANDY ON NON TRUCK RELATED USAGES.

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    Lets see.

    Radio
    1-flathead screwdriver
    1-phillips head screwdriver
    1-small windshield trim remover tool
    seatbelt cutter
    2-door chocks
    1-emergency SCBA air transfer hose.
    20' 1" webbing tied with a water knot for quick harness
    2- 5' 2" webbing tied in a water knot for an anchor
    60' 8mm kermantle rope with figure eight on the bight and Carabiner
    2- extra carabiners
    3 Cell Mag Light
    extrication gloves

    I don't have any spare room after all this.

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