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    As Chief, mine stays in my personal truck.

    The rest of the guys keep it on the racks at the hall.

    We strongly discourage POV responses to scene, as we need to ensure the appropriate trucks can roll.
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    I keep mine in my truck. An old habit from days gone by. This is because of the 78 square miles we cover and being an officer I may drive directly to the scene, depending where I am at relating to the call. This way at the very least a size up can begin and transmitted to incoming units. Most members keep gear at the station on gear racks. If you keep gear in your vehicle you can drive direct if you would be passing the scene to the station, unless no apparatus is enroute. That is usually not a problem with our department, we average 2 to 3 minutes for an apparatus getting in service. Otherwise we are supposed to respond to the station even if you carry your gear. If for some reason you show up to a scene without gear you are assigned a task that requires no gear, such as traffic control, we carry safety vests for that, or switching over to drive tankers or pump operator. If one has the certification they may be assigned to monitor rehab. You might even be ordered to go to the station where your gear is to stand-by for another call or to ride with mutual-aid companies that respond for an in-station fill in.
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    I leave my gear in my car all the time. If I respond to the station like I do 80% of the time, I have it. If the call is around the corner from my house, I have it. A big gear bag makes things easy

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    I volunteer @ 2 different departments. Since carrying all that turnout gear in my car wouldn't be feasible. I keep the set of bunker for the department in the district where my home is in my car since I go from station to station depending on manning. For the other department I leave it at the station since I can drive a squad or command truck if arrive at the station and all the apparatus have departed.

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    We are a very small dept in a very rural area, I usually couldnt make it to station before the fellas that are close to station. Response with POV is the viable way in my district.

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    Since we are a volunteer department and respond from wherever we are when the tones go off, most of our members keep their gear in their personal vehicles. We also carry a few sets of extra gear on the apparatus.

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    At my dept. we have approx 20 ff's and cover aprox 25 sq miles, I am the Chief and leave my gear at station only because my bed cover is damaged and I don't have a plastic tote for the gear yet, also because I live prety close and am likely to be one of the drivers on a call. Everyone else has the option of leaving it at station but all keep with them in vehicle. We have had a few instances where someone left thier gear at house to go somewhere and got a call, with no gear. Happened to me a few times that is why it is at station. Also I sometimes carry my gear from my paid dept with me and use it for whichever dept I get a call from.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rearviewmirror View Post
    I volunteer @ 2 different departments. Since carrying all that turnout gear in my car wouldn't be feasible. I keep the set of bunker for the department in the district where my home is in my car since I go from station to station depending on manning. For the other department I leave it at the station since I can drive a squad or command truck if arrive at the station and all the apparatus have departed.
    Just out of curiosity, and maybe a little off the subject, does one department mind if you wear their gear for fires with the other department and vice versa? Just seems a bit of a hassle to have to carry around 2 sets of gear. Although it would give you the advantage of keeping one in your car, one at the station. I used to have two sets (one from my full time job) so I was able to do that.

    We have a few guys around here that belong to two departments, and their "primary" or home department certainly doesn't mind if they wear their gear for fires with their "other" department. .
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    I keep one set at the station in my "locker" and I keep my old set with me in my truck. I am a high school student (extra year) and have been granted permission to leave school in case of a fire or mva. My school is out of our coverage area by a few miles, so if we get a call, I go straight to the scene in my POV instead of passing the incident to go to the station and catch 2nd or 3rd out truck. I have a walkie that I can give size-up, etc... to units enroute if I am first unit on scene.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dmleblanc View Post
    Just out of curiosity, and maybe a little off the subject, does one department mind if you wear their gear for fires with the other department and vice versa? Just seems a bit of a hassle to have to carry around 2 sets of gear. Although it would give you the advantage of keeping one in your car, one at the station. I used to have two sets (one from my full time job) so I was able to do that.

    We have a few guys around here that belong to two departments, and their "primary" or home department certainly doesn't mind if they wear their gear for fires with their "other" department. .
    I can't even so much as where the gloves from the "other" department. Of course I could in an emergency but the answer to your question is no. Both of these are larger departments w/ paid staff so they operate by the book. It also doesn't help that they're in different counties so if I wore opposite FD's gear I'd really stick out. It would be nice though, as the gear is by two different manufacturers as well, so it's different at times, which sounds crazy, but you know how it is when the tones drop @ 3AM.

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    I keep one set on my rack in the station, another set in a gear bag in my truck, another set hanging in my house for night-time calls, and another set in my storage closet to rotate into service when any one of the others is being cleaned.

    I'm fully aware that this is overkill, but I can afford it, so why not go for maximum convenience?

    Most of our folks - who only have the two sets of gear the company issues to them - keep one on their rack in the station and one in their vehicle.

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    On the apparatus seems very old school to me although my department used to do that too.
    Now all gear is at the station. The only persons allowed to have a second set in their vehicle are chief officers. Many years ago it came down from above that if we have a call you should go to the station to gear up and make sure a truck gets out!! There were many incidents in and around our area where 25 people showed up but nobody remembered to bring the big red things. Almost all departments in our area now have everybody head to the station. Chief officers are the exception.

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    One of my favorite officers at my old department volunteers for two or three different departments in as many counties and he is certified by the Kentucky Fire Commission as an instructor so he he has several sets.Only one has any markings(KY Fire Commission)so I think he just wears whichever set he has at the time.
    I've never seen him in anything but a red helmet though.I only knew of one local department that wore black.

    Quote Originally Posted by dmleblanc View Post
    Just out of curiosity, and maybe a little off the subject, does one department mind if you wear their gear for fires with the other department and vice versa? .

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    We all keep ours in our vehicles.our area is about 120 sq miles so pov responses with the flow of traffic our normal for us.I live too far from a station to catch a truck except in daytime when im usually the only one on my end of the area and then im driving the truck.Right now my car has the nice aroma of woods fire since I havn't had time to clean my gear from last week.I try to wash it every few calls.

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    Officers keep their gear in their cars and respond to scene

    firefighters keep their gear on the gearrack at the station and dress before they jump on the truck

    Most of our drivers keep a set of gear on the First run truck so the drivers never have to worry about having their gear, also if a firefighter on scene has a problem and one of the drivers gear is on the truck and he didn't show, it's fair game for a spare set of gloves, hood, boots, whatever

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    Once an interior FF in my district you get two sets of gear, one for the station and one for your PV. Right now, as a recruit I only get one set and I keep it in my truck.

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    I keep mine in the back of my truck. The only members who are required to keep their gear at the firehouse are probies. We want to make sure thye're going to stay around awhile and don't quit after a month and make off with $1000 worth of gear.

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    Default SOP we have to keep it in station

    My department SOP's state that unless you are a line officer, all gear must be stored in the station. As a matter of fact, unless there is immediate life safety threats or you are a line officer, anyone who responds directly to the scene faces a 1 month suspension. If you are a repeat offender, it is grounds for dismissal. Stay safe.

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    Mine is in my cubby in the gear rack at the station. But I also live only two blocks away. Cheifs and the members who are more distant carry theirs in gearbags in their POVs.

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    I wear mine all the time. That way I don't have to decide where to store it.

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