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    I am sure that this topic has come up, but I want to get some opinions. I start on shift part-time (academy is finally done) and was wondering what everyone kept in their pockets or on their turnouts. I have a spring loaded center punch, a flashlight, and was going to get a good piece of webbing and a knife. Anything else that I am missing? Let me know what you carry. Thanks,
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    I keep a couple door wedges/stops whatever you want to call them lol in mine.
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    Escape rope w/ 2 carabiners
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    Quote Originally Posted by TrainingNut
    Escape rope w/ 2 carabiners
    Section of tubular webbing
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    Yooooooooooo, whats the chalk for? Not for drawing the outline of dead bodies I hope.
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    I have a Res-Q-Wrench, Wirecutters, 7ft piece of rope, 24ft roll of webbing, and wedges. I would carry more, but gotta limit the bulk.

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    Quote Originally Posted by markrojek
    I am sure that this topic has come up, but I want to get some opinions. I start on shift part-time (academy is finally done) and was wondering what everyone kept in their pockets or on their turnouts. I have a spring loaded center punch, a flashlight, and was going to get a good piece of webbing and a knife. Anything else that I am missing? Let me know what you carry. Thanks,
    Add cable cutters and changable head screwdriver.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KEEPBACK200FEET
    Yooooooooooo, whats the chalk for? Not for drawing the outline of dead bodies I hope.
    My departments RIC bags have similar marking devices they are used for marking the doors of the rooms search. diagonal slash for entry and complete it making a "x" for room has been search.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jgreenpbgfr
    My departments RIC bags have similar marking devices they are used for marking the doors of the rooms search. diagonal slash for entry and complete it making a "x" for room has been search.
    The chalk is useful for marking doors.....but I also have it for another reason...

    The senior guy on my shift told me to keep some on me in case I was pumping at a large fire and had multiple lines running off my engine. When a crew called down for a decrease/increase in pressure or to shut down the line, I would have each line marked on the pump panel....i.e. nowhere town Engine 2, Somewhere city Engine 5, etc. Instead of having to figure out which line goes to which crew.

    Good for a quick game of tic-tac-toe as well!

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    Quote Originally Posted by TrainingNut
    The chalk is useful for marking doors.....but I also have it for another reason...

    The senior guy on my shift told me to keep some on me in case I was pumping at a large fire and had multiple lines running off my engine. When a crew called down for a decrease/increase in pressure or to shut down the line, I would have each line marked on the pump panel....i.e. nowhere town Engine 2, Somewhere city Engine 5, etc. Instead of having to figure out which line goes to which crew.

    Good for a quick game of tic-tac-toe as well!

    Straight up sidewalk chalk works on pump panels??? Or are you talking like lumber crayon????
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    Garity light
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    I was at a live burn today and came out and found a damn small strofoam cup in my pocket from a call the other night. Needless to say, it was melted.
    Just know, I chose my own fate. I drove by the fork in the road and went straight.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RFRDxplorer
    Straight up sidewalk chalk works on pump panels??? Or are you talking like lumber crayon????

    Depends on the panel.

    Our top mounted panels are black plastic, so regular chalk works.

    A stainless panel would probably require something more like lumber crayon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rfd599
    Add cable cutters and changable head screwdriver.

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    Personallly, I think this is the biggest self-rescue item you can carry in your pocket. A pair of good quality cutters/dikes will get you disentangled from electrical/coax/networking/telephone wire, the spring steel in flexible ducts, the wire that holds up suspended ceiling if it comes down on you, etc.

    Rudy Horist, then a Captain (now Asst. Chief) at Elgin, IL Fire beat this concept into our heads when I went though their academy. His is probably one of a handful of lectures/classes I remember VIVIDLY from the academy.
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    Around here, I sometimes find people with their hands in their pockets, while others rack hose, etc. On the Cable cutters, I use a "Heavy" sidecutting pliers. I also have a handfull of Nails, and a ten foot piece of one inch webbing, along with a disposable flashlight.
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    I find a good Hurst Combi tool is invaluable. Ensure that the pockets are double stitched.
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    Quote Originally Posted by FlyingKiwi
    I find a good Hurst Combi tool is invaluable. Ensure that the pockets are double stitched.

    That part makes it even funnier. Not degrading Hurst combitools just OURS !
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    Usually just a spare flashlight, center punch, seatbelt cutter, work gloves, fire gloves, a ziplock bag with additional 6prs FR gloves, pen, and a notebook. And I have a pocket style watch hanging from the radio antenna loop. Haven't found need for much else, although on occasion I have grabbed extra small hand tools like side cutters, but that has only ever been "job specific", and I dont habitually carry anything more than listed.
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    I carried the usual Res-Q Wrenches,a window punch,door wedges,a piece of chalk,a pair of pliers and channel locks plus a deck of cards.
    When asked why during school visits,I'd explain that they were my personal rescue equipment.
    I told the kiddies that if I were ever trapped in a building and couldn't get out,I'd lay out a hand of Solitaire.After five or ten minutes,somebody will be there to tap me on the shoulder and say,"Hey man,I'm not trying to tell you nothin' but if you play the red 9 from that pile over on the black 10,your game should come out."and I'll be saved.
    The kids laughed at it but a couple teachers asked me if that really worked.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TrainingNut
    The chalk is useful for marking doors.....but I also have it for another reason...

    The senior guy on my shift told me to keep some on me in case I was pumping at a large fire and had multiple lines running off my engine. When a crew called down for a decrease/increase in pressure or to shut down the line, I would have each line marked on the pump panel....i.e. nowhere town Engine 2, Somewhere city Engine 5, etc. Instead of having to figure out which line goes to which crew.

    Good for a quick game of tic-tac-toe as well!
    We'd use different colored hoses to keep the teams straight.Red for attack,yellow for back up and exposure control and blue for RIT.If we did relay for mutual aid,the engineer would mark it with a grease pencil to remind himself.

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