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    Is anyone using knee pads under their turnouts? If not have you found a need to? I assume they would need to be compliant with NFPA 1971 or 1975. It seems like search times would be faster and injuries would be reduced.

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    Nope. They'd take too long to put on effectively, are uncomfortable, and I've had to perform relatively few searches where I was forced to be on my knees the entire time.
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    • #3
      I have to disagree with the above reply because I wear them...a cheap pair of volleyball knee pads works perfect and takes an extra 2seconds. I simply store one in each of my turnout boots toward the top so when I step in it I just hold the knee pad sleeve open and continue like usual. Its very lightweight and gives plenty of protection. Helps me significantly..just be prepared to get laughed at for a while but then the crew will notice how much faster you are, especially if you had to be reserved like myself from my football knees lol.

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      • #4
        My turnouts have extra padding and a shell cover in the knees....

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        • #5
          Could have sworn I answered this a long time ago. I use kneepads when training. In fact I've used them the last 20+ years or so. I don't use use them on calls.

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