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  • Question for Career guys that still volunteer

    Hey,

    So I went back and joined my old volunteer department. Over time as a volley I gathered gear to have with me which is now in my career gear. Now I am a minimalist by most peoples standards. Now I am just trying to figure out if I should put the same things with my volley gear within reason.

    So my question is what do you career guys keep in your volley gear vs your career gear?
    RIP Hela

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  • #2
    My career and volunteer departments are vastly different in call volume, population served, occupancy type, and geography. Based on 22 years experience in the volunteer house, I carry what I need - side-cutters, Channel-Locks, reversible screwdriver, 25' of webbing, and extrication gloves. This small compliment of tools has served me well in the volunteer house. I carry much more at work, as we're a very busy company facing a myriad of low-incoming housing, industrial, and mercantile occupancies.
    Career Fire Captain
    Volunteer Chief Officer


    Never taking for granted that I'm privileged enough to have the greatest job in the world!

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    • #3
      Like has been stated by BoxAlarm187 the demographics were vastly different for my career department than my volunteer one. I carried more stuff on my career FD than my volley.

      Career: In my pockets, 6 way screwdriver, Gerber tool, small Fiskar snips, side cutters, Channel Lock rescue pliers, a 25 foot piece of webbing, a UK4AA flashlight and a cheap throw away LED flashlight. On my Gutbelt, a Vice Grip multi-tool, a Spyderco knife, 2 inner tube door straps, a 25 foot and a 9 foot piece of webbing. On my coat a Survivor light. On my helmet 2 wedges, a flashlight, and 2 more doorstraps.

      Volly: In my pockets, 6 way screwdriver, Gerber tool, small Fiskar snips, side cutter, 25 foot piece of webbing. On my coat a Survivor flashlight. On my helmet 2 wedges.

      I think maybe I need to reconsider what I carry volley wise and add to it.
      Crazy, but that's how it goes
      Millions of people living as foes
      Maybe it's not too late
      To learn how to love, and forget how to hate

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      • #4
        Demographic roughly the same for my career gig v. my 2 volunteer gig. career gig has a little bit more in the way of commercial but nothing that would change what I carry.

        All 3 places - 20' webbing carabineers on each end; 10' webbing, slotted screwdriver, wire cutters (actually move one set from pants to pants), flashlight, center-punch.
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        • #5
          Originally posted by LaFireEducator View Post
          Demographic roughly the same for my career gig v. my 2 volunteer gig. career gig has a little bit more in the way of commercial but nothing that would change what I carry.

          All 3 places - 20' webbing carabineers on each end; 10' webbing, slotted screwdriver, wire cutters (actually move one set from pants to pants), flashlight, center-punch.
          Did you take them out of their wrappers and remove the price tags? Or do you do that after the first use?
          They told me if I voted for Hillary Clinton the president would be emotional, impulsive, and unpredictable. They were right. I voted for Hillary Clinton and got a president that is emotional, impulsive, and unpredictable.

          I'm not saying you're stupid. I'm saying you have bad luck when it comes to thinking.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by scfire86 View Post
            Did you take them out of their wrappers and remove the price tags? Or do you do that after the first use?
            Another constructive post by SC. I'm so glad that he is an active participant in the forums as he brings so much knowledge and insight every time he posts.

            Continue to share with us as, as I'm sure I'm not speaking only for myself, but I am also speaking for the others on this forum who find your knowledge and wisdom inspiring.

            Forgot the wedges in the initial post.
            Last edited by LaFireEducator; 07-24-2015, 01:27 PM.
            Train to fight the fires you fight.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by LaFireEducator View Post
              Demographic roughly the same for my career gig v. my 2 volunteer gig. career gig has a little bit more in the way of commercial but nothing that would change what I carry.

              All 3 places - 20' webbing carabineers on each end; 10' webbing, slotted screwdriver, wire cutters (actually move one set from pants to pants), flashlight, center-punch.
              You honestly a set of wire cutters from one pair of pants to 2 others? Dude they cost like 9 bucks at Ace.
              Crazy, but that's how it goes
              Millions of people living as foes
              Maybe it's not too late
              To learn how to love, and forget how to hate

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              • #8
                https://www.channellock.com/369-Linemens.aspx 30 bucks but worth the money and made in usa
                ?

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by FyredUp View Post
                  You honestly a set of wire cutters from one pair of pants to 2 others? Dude they cost like 9 bucks at Ace.
                  It's a simple as grabbing them from my bunker pants at work and throwing them in the trunk when I leave (I use the same pair of turnout pants for my off-duty gear and my 2 VFDs).

                  They cost me $21 at Lowes.
                  Train to fight the fires you fight.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by LaFireEducator View Post
                    It's a simple as grabbing them from my bunker pants at work and throwing them in the trunk when I leave (I use the same pair of turnout pants for my off-duty gear and my 2 VFDs).

                    They cost me $21 at Lowes.
                    I had a pair of cobalt --- they did the job -- but the new channel locks will put them to shame.
                    ?

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by slackjawedyokel View Post
                      https://www.channellock.com/369-Linemens.aspx 30 bucks but worth the money and made in usa
                      I have a pair of the channellocks with the linesman plier end with the spanner wrench handle. Was just too bulky for my bunker pants pocket.
                      Crazy, but that's how it goes
                      Millions of people living as foes
                      Maybe it's not too late
                      To learn how to love, and forget how to hate

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by FyredUp View Post
                        I have a pair of the channellocks with the linesman plier end with the spanner wrench handle. Was just too bulky for my bunker pants pocket.
                        I had /have a pair also - agreed too heavy and mine also had a window punch that was bothersome -- the new style side cutters have the pivot point offset and will cut through drop ceiling wire like butter (even with arthritic hands)
                        ?

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by LaFireEducator View Post
                          Another constructive post by SC. I'm so glad that he is an active participant in the forums as he brings so much knowledge and insight every time he posts.

                          Continue to share with us as, as I'm sure I'm not speaking only for myself, but I am also speaking for the others on this forum who find your knowledge and wisdom inspiring.

                          Forgot the wedges in the initial post.
                          I can only go by what you have posted about your beliefs regarding tactics and strategy. I know you don't like it. But they are your words.
                          They told me if I voted for Hillary Clinton the president would be emotional, impulsive, and unpredictable. They were right. I voted for Hillary Clinton and got a president that is emotional, impulsive, and unpredictable.

                          I'm not saying you're stupid. I'm saying you have bad luck when it comes to thinking.

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                          • #14
                            SCFire, please quit trolling the threads just for the sake of harassing LAFE and distracting the threads from their intended topic.
                            Career Fire Captain
                            Volunteer Chief Officer


                            Never taking for granted that I'm privileged enough to have the greatest job in the world!

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by BoxAlarm187 View Post
                              SCFire, please quit trolling the threads just for the sake of harassing LAFE and distracting the threads from their intended topic.
                              I believe I am doing everyone a service by reminding them of his previous statements. It goes to credibility.

                              His claims of being a firefighter are the equivalent of someone claiming to be an astronaut because they rode the Ride to Mars at Disneyland.
                              They told me if I voted for Hillary Clinton the president would be emotional, impulsive, and unpredictable. They were right. I voted for Hillary Clinton and got a president that is emotional, impulsive, and unpredictable.

                              I'm not saying you're stupid. I'm saying you have bad luck when it comes to thinking.

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