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    I am looking for thoughts or suggestions on bunker gear. We are in the process of purchasing new gear. We have looked at several different brands and are leaning towards Securitex. We currently have a few sets that were purchased about 10 years ago and have had good luck with them.

    My question is does anyone have any comments about the Securitex gear? I know there was one department that had several people who were injured, but we were told that that was an isolated incident. Any comments would be greatly appreciated.

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    Thanks for the links. I'm new to the forums so I guess I should have searched before asking. Oh well, I'll know next time. Dosen't look like many people like it.

    Thanks again.

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    StLRes2cue, How am I suppose to take that?

    Didn't do anything that hasn't been done before.
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    Ok, Thanks StLRes2cue. These days on the forums you don't know how people take you. Hey Josh, whaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaats up!

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    Funny thing happened the first time we were there. We came back to the campground one afternoon and found the place full of law enforcement. Seems one of the campers had stolen a motor home and a truck that was loaded with someones goodies and they were hiding out at the campground!
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    Structural Gear? If you need structural gear check out Chieftain's gear. Not only do they have the most competitive prices and fastest delivery times, but they also have FREE grant writing and grant writing assistance for Fire Departments. And, with the new FEMA round a month away, the FREE grant writing is something you can't afford not to take advantage of!!!! check Chieftain's website at www.cheiftainsafety.com. Great turnout gear, FREE grant assistance, it just doesn't get any better...

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    Originally posted by gr8twrtr
    Structural Gear? If you need structural gear check out Chieftain's gear. Not only do they have the most competitive prices and fastest delivery times, but they also have FREE grant writing and grant writing assistance for Fire Departments. And, with the new FEMA round a month away, the FREE grant writing is something you can't afford not to take advantage of!!!! check Chieftain's website at www.cheiftainsafety.com. Great turnout gear, FREE grant assistance, it just doesn't get any better...
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    My advice is to read those other links to the issues surrounding Securitex and stear clear....

    I know in Florida there has been significant outer shell degradation in the ultraflex/duralite ensemble. That blend has a significant vulnerability to UV degradation.

    I know departments that have had that makeup and experienced failure in the outer shell of new gear that has not even been used on a fire. I have personally seen that outer shell after being exposed to a simple room and contents fire with a bit of roll over. The NOMEX thread had burned out and it looked just like a screen door. You could see through it after the fire and the people wearing it had 2nd and 3rd degree burns.

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    We have Chieftan and no problems with it so far.
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    I would suggest staying away from CHIEFTAIN Helmets. There was a huge problem with their painting process about 12-18 months ago. If you bumped your helmet on anything, including the dash as you lay it in the pumper, huge chips of paint would come off. They supposedly have fixed it and replaced all the helmets, but here in Fla, I still see some of them out there that obviously suffer from this problem. We had one department get over 100 of them and they had to return them all. The changed brands and went to BULLARD, because when CHIEFTAIN replaced them they same thing happened to some of them.

    In my opinion, some of the dealers may still have some on the shelf and are still selling them, hoping they will not chip. Other dealers, again in my opinion, are not telling customers and just sitting back hoping the customer will write off the chipping as normal wear and tear.

    Cheiftain says that the chipping does not affect structural integrity....but....who knows...???
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    we currently have Securitex now and im am not impressed with it at all.
    I miss my moring pride gear.
    IMO I would not buy Securitex gear.
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    I definately sounds like not many people like the Securitex gear. We have looked at several including the previously mentioned Chieftain. We let the members have an input and the majority liked the Securitex. I must say the Securitex we currently have has held up extreamly well. As far as the helmets, they will be Cairns.

    Thanks to all for your input, I will bring this up at our next meeting.

    John

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    captstanm1's right about those helmets. We bought some a while back and some of them came out of the box with chips in the paint. They replaced all of them though. We went with Bullards the next time.
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    On the subject of bunker gear we recently recieved a fire act grant for new gear and are in the process of deciding what to get. this will be the first time department personnel have had any say in the equipment that we get. In 2003 the department bought a few sets of Morning Pride and the firefighters were very dissatisfied with it and have a bad taste in their mouth over it. Now the board is once again pushing Morning Pride PBI gear but the firefighters like the Janesville V-force PBI better. Any comments pro and con to either one would be greatly appreciated.

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    There is nothing more comfortable than V-Force. We had MP and put it on the Shelf. We were getting tired of repairing the Crotch and Trim on the gear. I have done alot of research and Janesville is the best on the market.

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    YMMV, but I had the Bristol gear at the career dept. I worked for. Meets NFPA and the more rigorours EU standards (ignore the recent Boston LODD info, mass media....) Held up well and it felt like you were wearing a warmup suit, that's how comfortable and easy to move in it was. Never felt too hot compared to other stuff in a fire and much less taxing to work in. The downside is $$ and delivery time. Each set is completely custom tailored so it takes a bit longer. Also, I've always liked Globe stuff. Obviously for many places money is an issue, so these are recommendations for the more fiscally endowed depts.!!!

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