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    One of the big questions in the fire service: You travel light or heavy?

    What do you carry in your turnout gear? Also have you ever used any of the tools? Lastly, is there any tools that you have modified, made, or find to be very useful?
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    Now before anyone bites your head off... lol
    This is a popular and frequently asked question around here. I don't want to imply people don't have anything new to add or anything, BUT you might want to try using the "search" feature over on the left.

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    Originally posted by Resq14
    Now before anyone bites your head off... lol
    This is a popular and frequently asked question around here. I don't want to imply people don't have anything new to add or anything, BUT you might want to try using the "search" feature over on the left.

    http://cms.firehouse.com/forums2/sho...t=carry+pocket

    http://cms.firehouse.com/forums2/sho...t=carry+pocket

    http://cms.firehouse.com/forums2/sho...t=carry+pocket

    http://cms.firehouse.com/forums2/sho...t=carry+pocket

    http://cms.firehouse.com/forums2/sho...t=carry+pocket

    That's a start... there are a bunch of other threads in different categories on here that have similar topics. Enjoy!
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    This is what I carry, mostly in my coat.

    RoboGrip pliers
    ViseGrip pliers
    switch-around pliers (they sell these at Home Depot...regular and needlenose pliers in one)
    multi-tip screwdriver
    cable cutters
    Res-Q-Rench
    hose strap
    shove knife
    window punch
    chocks (2 on my helmet and 2 in my pants)
    flashlight (1 mounted on my helmet and one in my pants)
    greeae pencils (1 yellow and one black)

    I've used everything except the cable cutters, ViseGrips, shove knife, window punch and grease pencils on calls.

    Other things besides tools that I carry in my turnouts:

    EMS gloves
    spare structure gloves
    utility gloves
    spare hood
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    My pockets are empty but I travel heavy.
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    It is almost always best to travel light, so that you can avoid.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tony9 View Post
    It is almost always best to travel light, so that you can avoid.
    It's almost always best to check the date of the last post before you hit the "reply" button.
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    In 2004, I travelled lighter than I do now.
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    Just dont travel "to the light"
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    Quote Originally Posted by tajm611 View Post
    Getting exhausted from your trip through the past to revive a thread?
    I figure he was too exhausted to search after creating that sig of his.

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    My pocket tool kit
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    Quote Originally Posted by Trkco1 View Post
    My pocket tool kit
    I like that. Is that bag from anywhere special?

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    Rock 'N Rescue I have an older style.

    http://www.rocknrescue.com/acatalog/...ddy-Pouch.html
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    DUDE!


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    I've posted this before, but what's another time right?

    Helmet
    - Flashlight
    - Door Chocks
    - Nails

    Coat
    - Right angle light strapped to my chest
    - XL Carabiner hooked to my DRD and tucked in the velcro flap. If someone needs to drag me out it makes it alot easier for them to grab with gloves on

    Radio Pocket
    - Cable Cutters
    - Safety Glasses

    Left Pocket
    - Tire Deflator
    - Shove Knife
    - Door Chocks
    - Window Punch
    - Tin of Kodiak Wintergreen
    - Pen (for doing those pesky AMAs on wrecks)

    Right Pocket
    - All in One Screwdriver
    - Throwaway Pocketknife
    - Utility Knife
    - Work Gloves (for repacking hose, etc)
    - Small Slotted Screwdriver that I heated and bent to pull off the plastic trim in vehicles

    Pants
    - Globe Class 2 harness built into the pants
    - Houdini Seatbelt Cutter/Window Punch strapped to the side

    Left Pocket
    - 20' webbing
    - 2 biners
    - Door Chocks
    - A few short lengths of Prusik Cord
    - Backup flashlight


    Right Pocket
    - Fire Gloves
    - Bailout Kit (50' rope, DCD, and biners)

    On my radio strap, which I put under my coat, I have a leatherman strapped upside down on the back of the strap. So all I have to do is undo the flap and it falls into my hand.

    I leave my hood on top of my pants when they are next to the rig and if I don't need it I throw it in my left pants pocket.

    Extrication gloves are strapped to my construction worker vest (which we are required to keep on our coat at all times unless we are running a fire, alarm, etc)

    When I get on shift, I hook my mask right into the regulator so thats one less thing to worry about.

    I always take a box light too, throwing it over the scba when I'm about to get off the rig. I usually end up grabbing the thermal imager too.... depends on who I'm working with, or if I'm even in the back!

    So I guess you could say I travel heavy, but everything that I've got is there for a reason and I use most of it (except the bailout kit ) on a regular basis.
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    Same here..I bring also my untensils while i'm in the service as a fireman..We have a lot in common..Thanks buddy!

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    First of all, I think your name is Jason, right?

    Hi Jason,

    I travel light.

    Pockets:
    Flashlight (one of those small very bright tactical lights)
    Medical Gloves
    Firefighting gloves (good ones)
    Couple of chocks
    Leatherman
    Good wire cutters

    The rest of the equipment I keep on that $350,000 rolling toolbox.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Deluge059 View Post
    I like that. Is that bag from anywhere special?
    My guess would be he got it out of his pocket.
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    Quote Originally Posted by backsteprescue123 View Post
    I've posted this before, but what's another time right?

    Helmet
    - Flashlight
    - Door Chocks
    - Nails

    Coat
    - Right angle light strapped to my chest
    - XL Carabiner hooked to my DRD and tucked in the velcro flap. If someone needs to drag me out it makes it alot easier for them to grab with gloves on

    Radio Pocket
    - Cable Cutters
    - Safety Glasses

    Left Pocket
    - Tire Deflator
    - Shove Knife
    - Door Chocks
    - Window Punch
    - Tin of Kodiak Wintergreen
    - Pen (for doing those pesky AMAs on wrecks)

    Right Pocket
    - All in One Screwdriver
    - Throwaway Pocketknife
    - Utility Knife
    - Work Gloves (for repacking hose, etc)
    - Small Slotted Screwdriver that I heated and bent to pull off the plastic trim in vehicles

    Pants
    - Globe Class 2 harness built into the pants
    - Houdini Seatbelt Cutter/Window Punch strapped to the side

    Left Pocket
    - 20' webbing
    - 2 biners
    - Door Chocks
    - A few short lengths of Prusik Cord
    - Backup flashlight


    Right Pocket
    - Fire Gloves
    - Bailout Kit (50' rope, DCD, and biners)

    On my radio strap, which I put under my coat, I have a leatherman strapped upside down on the back of the strap. So all I have to do is undo the flap and it falls into my hand.

    I leave my hood on top of my pants when they are next to the rig and if I don't need it I throw it in my left pants pocket.

    Extrication gloves are strapped to my construction worker vest (which we are required to keep on our coat at all times unless we are running a fire, alarm, etc)

    When I get on shift, I hook my mask right into the regulator so thats one less thing to worry about.

    I always take a box light too, throwing it over the scba when I'm about to get off the rig. I usually end up grabbing the thermal imager too.... depends on who I'm working with, or if I'm even in the back!

    So I guess you could say I travel heavy, but everything that I've got is there for a reason and I use most of it (except the bailout kit ) on a regular basis.
    It is very well me, but this seems crazy to me. Why carry around everything you can carry in a tool box that you can grab IF you need it?

    And, I am not much for finess - I generally find all the stuff you are doing with way too many tools in your pocket, I can do by grabbing an axe on the way in.
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    Management is making sure things are done right. Leadership is doing the right thing. The fire service needs alot more leaders and a lot less managers.

    "Everyone goes home" is the mantra for the pussification of the modern, American fire service.


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