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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.
            Two departments, twice the fun...


            • #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


                • #9
                  In my personal truck, I keep a backpack with medical stuff (just the basics)
                  I bought the backpack on amazon for about 20 bucks.

                  I have bandages, tourniquet, triangle bandage, sam splint, gauze, alchol prep pads etc......Stuff you would find in just about any first aid kit (except the splint and TQ)

                  I also keep flashlights. One handheld one, and one of the headlamp things that strap to your head

                  If your medically trained and licensed you should keep some basics in your vehicle. You never now if come across something where someone needs a bandage or something like that

                  I suggest the head lamp light too, you can put it on and it gives you 2 hands to work with.

                  Our medical instructor from class said "once you guys are done with this class, and get state licensed, you should carry the basics in your vehicle all the time. People need help, and you will have the knowledge and supplies needed to help them"

                  that stuck with me.


                  • #10
                    wow..... in my POV, I keep my cell phone. that's it. if I come across someone that needs help, I call 911 and get someone with all the appropriate equipment out there.

                    If your department allows you to respond to the scene (and many won't let probies for good reasons), then carry what they expect you to carry.

                    I have kept my turnout gear in my car, because I was doing shifts out of both stations. No need to always carry it unless your department allows probies to respond directly to the scene (and many won't)

                    I keep a change of clothes, my home away from home kit, any my go bag in the car; but the reality is, I'm not a probie, I do it for my convenience, and it's nice to have everything I need for a shift in one location. But I don't respond directly to a scene, I keep a spare dept T shirt in my gear rack, and I have more flashlights than i know what to do with, and you can never have too much light at night.

                    But I would reiterate, ask your department what they expect you to carry, and how they expect you to operate, and respond accordingly.
                    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!



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