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  • Personal medical kit

    It goes without me saying, but as volunteers, some of us keep our bunker gear in our personal vehicles for convenience or space purposes. In my department, if you're reasonably close to a scene when the dispatch comes in, you can respond there in your personal vehicle and do what you can until an apparatus arrives on scene. This is especially true for medical calls, and this brings me to my question. Do y'all keep a medical kit in your personal vehicle? If so, what does it contain? What works/has worked for you?

  • #2
    Well, I still have my aid bag from Iraq, so I have a TON of stuff in there. (NO MEDS) But the basics will work, bandages, a couple of tourniquets for trauma, and whatever airway devices that you're comfortable with.


    • #3
      I keep my department issued first-in bag in my car. We do not allow anyone to respond on medical calls unless they are medical certified unless a general manpower tone is put out (usually carryouts or CPR in progess).

      My opinion- if you aren't trained for medical response, you really have no business responding on medical calls. If you are trained for medical response, you should have medical equipment (and meds, as applicable) that matches your license level and state protocols. As an EMT, there are things I can do that EMR's in our department cannot do, and things my wife (an AEMT) can do I can't. She has IV supplies and some meds that I don't, and I have no interest in carrying those things in my bag on a daily basis.


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