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  • #16
    Use gear?

    Be careful about buying used gear. Used gear may have been in a enviroment where the temperature was so hot that the protective coating on the material may have been burnt away and thus is no longer suited for going inside a IDLH (Imminant Danger to Life and Health) enviroment (Example: Burning building.

    What you should ask is:
    How much is my life worth? Should I spend more for better safety?
    If used, how well do you know the quality of the used product?

    I think in most volunteer departments (Even small ones with VERY LITTLE budget).....including my own, they will provide the protective gear needed. If you don't trust the gear they are providing you, you may want to think about purchasing your own for a level of known safety.

    My small department purchased me new turnout gear. But I purchased my own helmut, boots, and nomex hood because I questioned the quality of the gear they were providing me.

    Generally if you purchase your own equipment no one will say anything as long as it's compliant with the rules and regulations and everyone sees it as a safety issue.
    Hope this helps.

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    • #17
      yea i hear ya, i dont want to get some gear that will not protect me and just pretty much cause me to lose my life. Where do you guys buy your gear, do you use the stores that are on this site? Thanks for all the help.

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      • #18
        One thing is that you might have some gear that should have been put out to stud years ago but someone sold to a new guy looking for a "deal".If you absolutely HAVE to buy your own,go with this tip:stay with Morning Pride,Fire-Dex or Lion. http://www.galls.com is one source if you don't let it get away from you.(You'll see what I mean when you type in your credit card number for more stuff that you "just have to have"later this year)
        They're costly if you have rent,truck note,ex wife payments,etc to pay but how much is YOUR life worth to you.
        But all the departments I've ever heard of supplied gear to the members.That way,everyone has the same look,and if new stuff is needed,it's going to be already familar to someone who needs to think about what he's doing instead of figuring out how to seal his turnout coat.
        Every volunteer department in McCracken County Kentucky has at least two SOs on it.If they can balance being a full time cop,family man and volunteer as a firefighter/EMT,so can you.It's just a matter of prioritizing your time.For example,family comes first,real job next then volunteer.Be sure to make time for fishing,hunting or honey dos,too.
        The tip is,don't stay away from the home working or volunteering so much that the wife demands an ID check before she opens the door for you or that the dog doesn't recognize you and treats you like the mailman.

        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.

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        • #19
          I move around a lot cause I am Navy. But on my down time I Vol. I bought my own Gear just cause it is a hassle to get gear and I am part of a department for only a few years until I transfer. This what I did. When I made the choice to purchase a set for me. First, What was my budget? Second , what was the best I could afford. I decided against used for the simple reason I had no idea where it has been. Galls , Chief Supply, you can even go company direct which I did. Carines/Globe , Quest,ETC . I hope this helps

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          • #20
            Originally posted by SWLAFireDawg View Post
            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.
            Take a look in Boston or at a few guys here still!
            I am a complacent liability to the fire service

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            • #21
              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.
              It seems odd to me that they won't hire you because you are not FF1. When I was hired I had no qualifications (except some experience as an Explorer) and I was still allowed to be on the truck if there was room with the only exception being that I couldn't pack up. Also, I've never heard of anyone using their own gear besides boots or a helmet. So, I don't know why you would be required to spend a couple thousand dollars on your own gear.

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              • #22
                I might have a set of 2007 compliant Quaker gear for sell.....what you looking to spend?

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                • #23
                  Still looking

                  Still looking for gear?

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                  • #24
                    Gear

                    I assume you are taking the certification course through a technical college like I did. Check with the fire cordinator at the school and see if they have gear to supply you with for now. They did for me.

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                    • #25
                      What dept are you talking about? Just wondering since I'm from WI as well. I'm guessing somewhere up north since there aren't too many volly depts in SE WI. If you went through your FFI at MATC-Milwaukee, I know they rent out gear for about $100. They also were selling a lot recently. I think they may have bought new gear or something. So maybe call them and see what they have to offer for sale.

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                      • #26
                        Need Gear

                        I might be interested in your gear. My department has supplied me with gear, but I do not trust it. Their gear came complete with three-four inch mouse holes on the jacket. Also, it is big enough for myself and another person to fit. Anyways, you get the picture. I would defintely be interested if it is nice shape and might fit. Please get back with me on price and size. Thansk.

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