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    I was wondering how people carry their prescription glasses in your turnout gear. I use a standard clam shell type glass case and was wondering if anyone had other ideas. I ask because switching between my glasses and mask gets to be a pain after awhile having to always go into my pocket. And I always need to switch cause I'm blind as a bat. Any suggestions would be helpful.

  • #2
    Originally posted by happyvalleyff View Post
    I was wondering how people carry their prescription glasses in your turnout gear. I use a standard clam shell type glass case and was wondering if anyone had other ideas. I ask because switching between my glasses and mask gets to be a pain after awhile having to always go into my pocket. And I always need to switch cause I'm blind as a bat. Any suggestions would be helpful.


    I wore my necessary prescription eye glasses, until I knew we had a job and just prior of exiting the front seat, they went into a eye glasses pocket with they came in and was left on the dash. I never put them in my turnout coat.

    If it was going to be where I didn't need a breather, they stay where they belong, on me.


    Leave them on the apparatus.
    Stay Safe and Well Out There....

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    • #3
      If I pack up usually just leave them in the rig or in my car what ever I happen to be in

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      • #4
        Like Oldtimer said, leave them in the truck. No good can come from taking them with you in your gear.

        If you're that blind, leave your mask on, without air, until you get back to the rig you left them on.
        Steve Dragon
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        • #5
          I've been using the WITZ Lens Locker for the last 14 years. I keep them in my turnout gear. I also wear a cheaper pair of glasses while on duty. The case shows 14 years of wear and has been dropped interior more than a few times. Toss some reflective stickers on it and no problem.

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          • #6
            My new spectacle kit can be worn as glasses when not in my facepiece. When I'm donning my turnout, I pop 'em on.
            "I've met lots of volunteer firefighters, but I've never seen a volunteer fire!"
            - R. MacLeod, Alma VFD

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            • #7
              Well........

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              • #8
                Leave them where they are safe

                I always leave my glasses in the cab of the truck where they wont get crushed or i leave them in my car when i know for a fact that i will definitely have to be going on air otherwise i keep them on me and if need be take them off and put them in my jacket pocket. I have seen masks that have glasses built into them, in my opinion i don't see huge value in them for firefighting but for haz-mat i think its a good idea to use. you might also be able to use sport prescription goggles under your mask depending on your mask size etc. Always remember to keep track of your spec's and it may be a good idea to keep a 2nd pair in your car or at the firehouse.

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                • #9
                  LASIK, the best money I've ever spent...

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Big13House View Post
                    LASIK, the best money I've ever spent...
                    Amen, only dweebs wear glasses...



                    I am now a past chief and the views, opinions, and comments are mine and mine alone. I do not speak for any department or in any official capacity. Although, they would be smart to listen to me.

                    "The last thing I want to do is hurt you. But it's still on the list."

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                    • #11
                      I once had the same idea as you did, bought a stainless steel case for my glasses. Thought it was PERFECT to keep my glasses in and it fit right inside my bunker coats inside pocket. It was the best idea in the world...Until the night we were going to a fire, I was on Engine 1 which was at the time a 74' Pemfab/Middlesex open rear cab truck.


                      Hit one good bump, that awesome glasses case that was in my hand flew out and skipped across the road and out of sight. Never saw it again....God I miss that old truck.

                      Lesson learned? Just keep the damn things on the truck, or if I need to take em off on scene. I pawn em off on the Chief and leave em in his command truck.
                      Opinions expressed by myself here are just that, mine. And not that of ANY organization or service I am affiliated with.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by DubyaVFF View Post
                        My new spectacle kit can be worn as glasses when not in my facepiece. When I'm donning my turnout, I pop 'em on.
                        What does it use in place of temple pieces? (Or do you take the temple pieces off before putting them in your mask?)
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                        • #13
                          I usually place my glasses in the compartment, that I take the SCBA out of. If I take the SCBA out of a case, I set them in the case.

                          Not being able to see without glasses, has helped me with search and rescue training. Since I am blind as a bat without my glasses, I rely more on touch, than sight, when conducting searches. Since searching is often conducted in the dark and smoke, my sense of touch would need to be used anyway.

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                          • #14
                            After several years I found a reinforced glasses case has a nomex cover and is hard shelled zips closed so I wouldnt have to warry about it popping open. After several more yrs I have now gone to a aproved type of hard lensed contacts that are 24 hr wear. I luv em. The draw back is that by reg I had to have been wearing them for 6 mo. befor wearing them in SCBA. So it was a lil tedious at first but now I put them in when I hit the fire house an then dont realy have to bother with em till I am done with shift. Still cary my glasses in my gear as a just in case thing.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by DeputyMarshal View Post
                              What does it use in place of temple pieces? (Or do you take the temple pieces off before putting them in your mask?)
                              It has a headstrap which can be removed, although I find it tucks into the facepiece nicely.

                              Mine's sold by the SCBA manufacturer (Sperian), but it's similar to this one:
                              http://www.911se.com/p-2935-complete...tacle-kit.aspx
                              "I've met lots of volunteer firefighters, but I've never seen a volunteer fire!"
                              - R. MacLeod, Alma VFD

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