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    I'm not sure whether to post this here or under the volunteer category but, if any of you are volunteer what do you keep in your POV. like I've seen people with a bag full of medical supplies or an extra turnout gear something like that you know what should I carry so that whenever I go on a call I have everything I need BTW I'm at a very rural location around here so I won't have to have such things that a bigger city might need you know if you have any ideas let me know thanks

  • #2
    Very simple answer ...... Ask your department.

    What you will need to carry will not be the same that I have to carry.
    Train to fight the fires you fight.


    • #3
      That totally depends on your department. I'm a probie and I don't carry much. Just a pair of safety goggles, extrication gloves and a safety vest.


      • #4
        A flashlight, is probably the most helpful item to carry, in your vehicle.


        • #5
          Originally posted by FIRE117 View Post
          A flashlight, is probably the most helpful item to carry, in your vehicle.
          Flashlight is a must. I also keep a few bottles of water, hand sanitizer and a change of clothes.


          • #6
            I carry my gear bag with my bunker gear and coveralls in it. In the summer months I have an extra t-shirt and shorts thrown into it for a change of clothing post call if need be, and I keep spare flashlight batteries and a granola bar or two.

            Beyond that I have a first aid kit, shovel and a 3-C LED Maglite. Not because I'm a firefighter, but because it's good practice to have those things anyway.


            • #7
              Originally posted by LaFireEducator View Post
              Very simple answer ...... Ask your department.

              What you will need to carry will not be the same that I have to carry.
              I hate to say this, but he's right. your department will tell you what you should carry, and what you can carry.

              Personally, I would only carry what my department says I should carry, unless you have a really really good reason to carry something else.
              If my basic HazMat training has taught me nothing else, it's that if you see a glowing green monkey running away from something, follow that monkey!



              • #8
                Unless this is a FD where one guy brings the engine/truck/etc. to the call, and all others respond directly to the scene, I would expect everything to bee in your gear locker at the station.
                Stephen J Bourassa
                Latham FD (NY)
                member since 1969
                challenge competitor since 1993


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