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  • ffemt1
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    Ratchet

    Try this for several clothing links:

    http://www.the911site.com/911hc/es_clothes.htm

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  • shenry32
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    Turnouts - I have to agree that Bristol is hands down the nicest. I used some for teaching and use my issued MP for duty gear.

    Helmets - I was issued a MP Ben 2+ which is a nice helmet but nothing compaired to my Conway Traditional Lether

    Boots - Warrington Pro leather bunkers

    I hate to buy my own stuff but it is so nice to have exactly what I want and sometimes the Chief gets mad when I tear up his gear while teaching.

    Scott

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  • ff7134
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    WERUJ1

    I know what you mean about gloves, I love those kind. I just found a
    nie size hole in my gloves... means I'll have to get a new pair.

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  • Weruj1
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    we just made a switch to new gear from Morning Pride to Janesville.....it is a whole lot lighter than the older and some newer Morning Pride for sure ...........I am very pleased with it. I like my 1010 skid lid but must admit after checkin outa leather I am drawn to them but the big Cheese says no no to that .......wating on my leather boots .......tried on a pair for the first time last week and MAN .........what a difference ! carry a 3 "D" cell mag lite and prefer to use the "firefighter" marked gloves, also have a 'beaner and webbing in a pocket.......

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  • RyanEMVFD
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    when i first joined my dept over 10 years ago i used what was issued to me. when i rejoined after a brief leave of absence i got my own gear. i started with some PBI gear ( i can't recall the brand) that was used and wore that until i recently retired it. i just bought some janesville body guard advance gear today and ordered some leather boots. i bought a traditional style paul conway last christmas and won't go back to the modern style helmets (no offense to those that prefer them).

    when someone joins my dept there are certain pieces of equipment that i recommend they buy themselves such as: gloves, hood, boots and little things like flashlights, leatherman type tools. most of these items are cheaper and easier to replace then a coat or pair of pants. this is what we recommend but we try to outfit everyone with what we can.

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  • CharlieRFDPres
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    locating gear

    For the helmet I mentioned above type in PacificHelmets and do a search, I was impressed with some comments above about the Bristol turnout gear, but you can't view anything on line, but did find an 1-800 # and talked with pleasnat people who promised to get info right out via slow mail, waiting to see, but sounds good.

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  • Ratchet
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    Do you guys have some links to other on-line companies that sell this stuff? All I really know about are Galls, and EMP. Thank you all for the replies...

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  • explr985
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    Have my own Trad. style Lion helmet, blue.

    Hate my 17 year old gear, its bulky, stiff and the zippers dont work right, but its all the city had that fit me.

    My own boots, I got to get a new pair, size 11 foot doesn't fit in a 10 boot anymore.( I hate rubber boots)

    Got a 22 dollar pair of fire gloves out of galls, and some mechanix gloves, both are comfortable.

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  • ff7134
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    I have a Firestore Truckie Belt which I carry my dept issue gloves and a Pelican Pocket Sabrelight and 2 wedge-its on a caribiner.

    I have my N6 with quick clips for my ESS Xtricator goggles(in a nomexbag in my coat) I carry a cheap-o multi tool, trauma shears, leather extrication gloves, folding spanner, 12ft loop of 1/2" webbing, 20' of 3/8 Rock n Rescue rope w/ 2 CMC self locking Biners, Morning Pride Nomex hood, Pro Warrington Leather boots, Cold Steel ER1 knife, 2 bic pens, And a 22" Mini Halligan. Along with Dept issued Quest Bunkers

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  • rescuepimp911
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    I have been Researchinf Bristol and found that the cheapest around is Ed Lyons here in stoughton, MASS... Heres the website.


    www.edlyonsfire.com/


    1080 for the set

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  • CharlieRFDPres
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    At my dept. we pay 1/2 for our gear, almost everyone gets Morning Pride, after the comments above I wanna check out Bristol though. We have a dealer about 38 miles away he does all the travelling, comes to the hall to measure and take orders etc. Agree about the leather boots, but the shoe fit Rubber black diamonds aren't bad and alot less $$$$$$$. Helmets..... despite all the jokes and comments about fighter pilot, Maverick etc. I absolutly am happy with my Pacific F7, lighter (much, Much lighter than leather), better range of motion for head and neck, than traditional style helmets, esp. when in SCBA, you can almost look straight up!!!!! I feel the kevelar is better protection, too, built in flashlight holder, and protected face shield are great too, take a minute and check them out Good luck with your search.

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  • FyredUp
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    All local dealers....

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  • Ratchet
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    Thank you all for the replys. Do most of you have places near you that sell firefighting equipment, or do you order your stuff from places like Galls?

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  • FyredUp
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    Bristol, hands down the lightest, most flexible, comfortable gear I have ever worn. I have 2 sets, one at the volly house and one for teaching. Our stuff is Boston spec and we have not had one complaint about this gear since we switched to it 3 years ago.

    My career FD use Janesville, I think it is called combat. Ummm...bulky, heavy, and not nearly as flexible as the Bristol.

    My helmets of choice...volly house: Sam Houston leather, career: we can buy plastic traditionals if we wish but I use my salad bowl Cairns 660, teaching is a Ben Franklin 2.

    Hoods, not brand specific, but I prefer a multiple layer pbi kevlar. I got burned wearing a single layer hood and just won't wear them anymore.

    Gloves, I just try them on til I find a brand that feels right and I buy them.

    Boots, LOVE my leather Black Diamonds.

    Everything is of course NFPA approved.

    Take care and stay safe,

    FyredUp

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  • mstclair190
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    In my situation, the department provides the coat, pants and helmet. The rest of the gear we purchase from our uniform allowance. Some of us use our own (leather) helmets also. I like this arrangement, because I can purchase stuff that I prefer, trust, or that just plain fits me best rather than having to use what could be not as comfortable or be the "low bid" item of the week since budgets are always tight.

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