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    Ok -I have seen bowling pins used/carried up in PA and out here in the sticks we use to carry a tether ball on the engine. Any else have an odd piece of equipment ?
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    I always thought the tether ball was a great idea for drafting. It had the attachment point for the ball to the strainer. This worked far better than the free floating basketball or beach ball that often either floated or blew out of the foldatank. Strange it isn't used more.
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    • #3
      Up here I've seen small mooring balls and chunks of 2" styro board for drafting, but I like the tether ball idea. The VFD I started with carried window weights to attach to a chain for breaking up creosote in chimney fires, sadly I can't think of any other odd tools used locally. A few of us carry squeeze clamps for doors...

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      • #4
        We used to have a Nerf football for the foldatank. Someone had it listed on the inventory with a highly technical term, something like Elliptical Vortex Disruption Device.

        I don't know about regional, but certainly something that varies by the local environmental conditions. I started out near the coast, so when I first took a job in the mountains I wondered why we carried a #2 coal shovel. Very useful when white stuff buries the hydrant...

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        • #5
          Originally posted by FyredUp View Post
          I always thought the tether ball was a great idea for drafting. It had the attachment point for the ball to the strainer. This worked far better than the free floating basketball or beach ball that often either floated or blew out of the foldatank. Strange it isn't used more.
          I would opine that one reason is that many departments now have low-level strainers. They will still whirlpool, but not to the extent that a barrel strainer does. Also, with the barrel strainer, you're limited on how low you can go in the drop tank, so preventing the whirlpool is that much more important.

          That said, we've used a tether ball, too. Another function it can serve is as an indicator of the water level in the tank when you can't see well into the tank, like while using a front or rear suction.
          Opinions my own. Standard disclaimers apply.

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          • #6
            the advantage of a tether ball was not just for disrupting the cortex in a folda tank , but with some chain and a snap , it turned a barrel strainer into a float dock strainer for stock ponds
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            • #7
              In TN we carried sunday papers under the engineer seat. Frozen hydrant caps and such.

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              • #8
                Speaking of Tennessee , I always equated East TN with the squirrel tail suction set up. I know they were used elsewhere -but they seemed to have a niche there.
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                • #9
                  We carry fire curtains to deploy from floor above in order to negate effects of wind driven fires.

                  I don't know which other urban departments are doing this.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by captnjak View Post
                    We carry fire curtains to deploy from floor above in order to negate effects of wind driven fires.

                    I don't know which other urban departments are doing this.
                    I googled it ---looks pretty "user friendly" you would think Chicago and a few others would give it a look.
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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by slackjawedyokel View Post
                      Speaking of Tennessee , I always equated East TN with the squirrel tail suction set up. I know they were used elsewhere -but they seemed to have a niche there.
                      We did not draft much. I did fight a boat fire with two floating pumps though. The vast majority of our engineers probably would have had difficulty drafting from a static source

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by slackjawedyokel View Post
                        Speaking of Tennessee , I always equated East TN with the squirrel tail suction set up. I know they were used elsewhere -but they seemed to have a niche there.
                        Our county borders on a great lake and a major river, but access to same is often limited. The same is true for the inland lakes. In most cases, two or three lengths of regular hard sleeve do the job.
                        Opinions my own. Standard disclaimers apply.

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                        • #13
                          How many still carry "water curtains" for exposure protection? Most of the departments in central PA where I started my career in the mid 1960s had a "secret compartment" on the engine that contained a bottle of high proof human antifreeze for those cold weather ops.. It's exact location was supposedly known to the Chief and a few senior officers.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Rayr49 View Post
                            How many still carry "water curtains" for exposure protection? Most of the departments in central PA where I started my career in the mid 1960s had a "secret compartment" on the engine that contained a bottle of high proof human antifreeze for those cold weather ops.. It's exact location was supposedly known to the Chief and a few senior officers.
                            still carry a home made water curtain -only time we have ever used it was on controlled/training burns (structure) ---never was privy to the secret antifreeze.
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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by tree68 View Post

                              Our county borders on a great lake and a major river, but access to same is often limited. The same is true for the inland lakes. In most cases, two or three lengths of regular hard sleeve do the job.
                              I was told Memphis had a lot of cisterns "back in the day"
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