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    I soon might be starting on a volunteer dept. and i do not have my own gear. I am wondering where i might be able to get used or inexpensive turn out gear? Would appreciate the help!!

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    Originally posted by MMedrow21 View Post
    I soon might be starting on a volunteer dept. and i do not have my own gear. I am wondering where i might be able to get used or inexpensive turn out gear? Would appreciate the help!!
    Ebay! There's always some used gear for sale.
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    • #3
      Originally posted by MMedrow21 View Post
      I soon might be starting on a volunteer dept. and i do not have my own gear. I am wondering where i might be able to get used or inexpensive turn out gear? Would appreciate the help!!

      Does the department your trying to get on not supply you gear?

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      • #4
        i have been looking on ebay, my gf's father is a full time fire fighter he is going to see what he might be able to do. The chief asked if i had my own gear, and i said no and he asked if i knew anyone that i might be able to get some from, so i figured that i would have to supply my own gear. I will be going in either tom or tuesday and will be talking to him more indepth about it. keep the ideas coming thanks guys.

        P.S sorry for the triple thread posts.

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        • #5
          How about telling them to buy it. Do you have have to purchase your own hose too?

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          • #6
            no all the hoses are supplied. The department is a paid on call department. They will send me through the fire fighter 1 classes. They havent really given me the actual job, and i dont want to be like well buy my **** for me, and then them not get the job.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by MMedrow21 View Post
              no all the hoses are supplied. The department is a paid on call department. They will send me through the fire fighter 1 classes. They havent really given me the actual job, and i dont want to be like well buy my **** for me, and then them not get the job.
              It's pretty much their job to make sure you have gear for you and gear that fits you. I don't know if I've ever heard of a fd not supplying gear. Good luck to you and I dont think they'll think what ever of you,they should be happy for getting another member. Let us know how your meeting goes.Take care.

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              • #8
                ya i hear ya, i mean they should be happy that i want to volunteer my time to help them, even though this is what i want to do help the community. I will let you guys know how it goes.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by MMedrow21 View Post
                  ya i hear ya, i mean they should be happy that i want to volunteer my time to help them, even though this is what i want to do help the community. I will let you guys know how it goes.
                  so then it is a volunteer department? they aren't offering you a job I would think its a liability issue to supply your own gear. Where is this department bet you won't walk in with the 3/4's and long coat

                  how ever are you going to balance being the 5-0 and a firefighter conflict of interest if you ask me just kidding.
                  Last edited by Firefighter2230; 01-15-2007, 12:17 AM.

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                  • #10
                    Well yes it is a volunteer department. Could you specify what you mean by it being a liability issue for you to supply your own gear? Also what is Where is this department bet you won't walk in with the 3/4's and long coat ?

                    Also me balancing being a 5-0 and a firefighter will be hard, however the job that i have i am only a police aide so i am not a sworn officer, and i am part time. However, with the fire department telling me that they are short people and busy all the time that might make for me getting out of law enforcement for good. Then wait and get all my certs and go for a full time job.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by MMedrow21 View Post
                      Well yes it is a volunteer department. Could you specify what you mean by it being a liability issue for you to supply your own gear? Also what is Where is this department bet you won't walk in with the 3/4's and long coat ?

                      Also me balancing being a 5-0 and a firefighter will be hard, however the job that i have i am only a police aide so i am not a sworn officer, and i am part time. However, with the fire department telling me that they are short people and busy all the time that might make for me getting out of law enforcement for good. Then wait and get all my certs and go for a full time job.
                      On the gear I would think it is a liability to have someone bring their gear from outside it might not quite be up to standards. And see the countless threads on the 3/4 boot issue

                      As far as the other I was just picking with you in some places cops hate firefighters. The people who couldn't cut it as firefighters had to do something right once again just kidding.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Firefighter2230 View Post
                        On the gear I would think it is a liability to have someone bring their gear from outside it might not quite be up to standards. And see the countless threads on the 3/4 boot issue

                        As far as the other I was just picking with you in some places cops hate firefighters. The people who couldn't cut it as firefighters had to do something right once again just kidding.

                        I would ask the chief directly if the dept supplied gear, or if you had to get your own. As long as the gear meets NFPA 1971 requirements, it should not be a liability. I use my own in the vollie dept I am with. The chief should be able to determine that by looking at the label and the condition.

                        Be careful of used gear unless you know how it was stored and the conditions it was used in. Make sure it didn't ride around uncovered in the back of somebodies truck. Some of this gear can be exposed to serious hazardous chemicals, or rough use. Also, bunker gear can fit a little differently than regular clothes. Get with your GF father to see how it should fit. It should protect and cover you in any body position.

                        Long coats and 3/4 boots were the old bunker gear....you only see it in pictures now....at least I think that is the only place you see it.

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                        • #13
                          Why you started so many threads on this?? One is all you need to do.


                          Buy your own gear?

                          WHY? Is the department that under funded?

                          I wouldn't think of it. If they wanted me to join and be part of them, They will supply my gear to me. Period!
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                          • #14
                            like i said before in the thread im sorry i started so many my computer was acting all funny. I just got back from talking to their chief, and they would like to hire me however i do not have my firefighter 1 certification, but he said he would keep my application and let me know when the area academy is starting classes. They will send me through it which is nice. He also said that they just ordered gear in November and will be getting their new stuff soon. So he will keep in touch with me and will try and get me some gear.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by MMedrow21 View Post
                              like i said before in the thread im sorry i started so many my computer was acting all funny. I just got back from talking to their chief, and they would like to hire me however i do not have my firefighter 1 certification, but he said he would keep my application and let me know when the area academy is starting classes. They will send me through it which is nice. He also said that they just ordered gear in November and will be getting their new stuff soon. So he will keep in touch with me and will try and get me some gear.
                              Thats great gives you something to look forward to I hope that it all works out for you.

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