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    Basic question here, but I am always looking for new ideas and even the basics can be improved on.... so whats in in or on your turnout gear? Mine is used about 80% of the time on MVA's

    Mine:

    Helmet: Elastic band with garrity flashlight, wood wedge.

    Coat: Pelican flashligh hanging from loop on chest(yeah, I know thats two lights but each has its uses), gloves and hood in left pocket unless needed.

    Pants: Right pocket 33 feet of tubular nylon with a carbiner on one end, left pocket two extra wedges.

    I am seriously considering adding a set of wire cutters to my coat pocket after reading several stories of firefighters being hung up in wires and also having been in situations where they would have come in handy otherwise, and am looking for a set that is heavy duty and easy to handle in gloves, any suggestions here?

  • #2
    Helmet: Minimag and union sticker

    Coat: Pelican Flashlight
    Pocket knife
    Seat belt cutter
    Leatherman tool
    Carbiner

    Pants: Pair of wedges
    4 pairs surgical gloves
    A'int No Rocket Scientist's in The Firehall

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    • #3
      If you want wire cutters, get a set of Fence Pliers. It has a spike end a hammer end, two wire cutters and they are pliers that work well on residential meters and such.
      I use mine on just about every incident. Many companies make them but after breaking several I found a company called Moore Maker Inc. A bit expensive but very well built. They have lasted several years and are still going strong. http://catalog.mooremaker.com/viewPr...item_id=498362

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      • #4
        Helmet:
        Flashlight
        Hinge-Lock Door Chock (Most of our area is SFDs, wood chocks don't work as well.)- Bought this from DCFD Engine 10's website
        Reflective shamrock & FDNY 9/11 stickers

        Coat:
        Nothing-no pockets

        Pants:
        TFT Res-Q-Wrench
        Fire Gloves
        Mechanic's gloves for extrications, overhaul, etc.
        20' of webbing w/ a 'biner
        St. Florian coin (given to me by my wife for a "lucky charm")
        FTM-PTB-DTRT

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        • #5
          Originally posted by ADSNWFLD
          If you want wire cutters, get a set of Fence Pliers. It has a spike end a hammer end, two wire cutters and they are pliers that work well on residential meters and such.
          I use mine on just about every incident. Many companies make them but after breaking several I found a company called Moore Maker Inc. A bit expensive but very well built. They have lasted several years and are still going strong. http://catalog.mooremaker.com/viewPr...item_id=498362
          Man, that is perfect! You just made up my mind. I forgot to mention my leatherman is always on my pants belt also, just not in my turnout gear. I may add one to it soon however.

          Time for a trip to tactor supply to see if they have some decent ones.

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          • #6
            Oh boy let's see:

            Helmet:
            Garrity Light
            Two Nails (to replace wood wedges)
            Shamrock sticker
            Star of Life sticker
            "Irons" sticker
            My lucky angel pin (on my front piece)

            Coat Pocket:
            Leatherman Tool
            Window Punch
            Trauma Scissors (make a great seat belt cutter Too!)
            Med Tape
            Wire Cutters in the side pocket

            Pants:
            Old Backboard Strap
            Some rope
            Wood Wedge
            Extrication Gloves
            Spare Nails

            It might seem like a lot but everything is on there for a purpose :-D stay safe
            NYS FF1/AEMT-CC
            IAEP Local 152
            "You stopped being in charge when I showed up"

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            • #7
              How About That!!.........

              SOMEBODY besides me uses nails instead of wedges for doors. Awright! Damn near a lost art around here. I carry a couple of BunGee cords as well, helps hold open commercial doors, also keeps fan in the window, holds chain link fence/gates open as well. Stay Safe....
              Never use Force! Get a Bigger Hammer.
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              • #8
                Forgot my most recent addition:

                Two golf balls.

                Got the idea from someone on the Watch Desk forums:

                If you are in a large area, lose the wall, and become disoriented you can throw the golf balls (one at a time) in a direction and if they bounce back chances are there might be a wall that way.
                FTM-PTB-DTRT

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                • #9
                  Something nice...

                  I got the standard stuff, but I love this wedge
                  product. Check it out....

                  http://www.thefirestore.com/store/category.cfm?cid=456

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                  • #10
                    Firestore's newer large rubber wedge claims to do all the things the wedge-it does, but for $3. Haven't used it, so I can't comment on it.

                    http://www.thefirestore.com/store/product.cfm?pID=1558

                    The nails are great to hold open doors for ventilation, etc. Be careful if you're using them to keep a door from closing on a line, or some other application where a door closing could mean a dangerous situation for you. Hinge wedges and hooks would be better in such instances, even though the nails are easier to carry.

                    I've been considering a bungee cord up on the helmet... have had numerous instances where one would come in handy.

                    Oh yeah, and search for "pockets" using the search feature... You'll find a bunch of information from prior posts.
                    Last edited by Resq14; 08-25-2003, 04:51 AM.
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                    • #11
                      Same ol Stuff

                      I carry your basic stuff in the usual places. In addition I carry the following:

                      L pant pocket
                      25' of webbing in a water knot and 2 locking carabineers
                      Wire cutters

                      R pant pocket
                      TFT Rescue Wrench
                      Wedge It (thanks Bou)

                      Waist of bunkers
                      Trauma shears on the right
                      pouch of medical gloves on the left

                      I'm thinking of losing the gloves in the pouch on the waist and replacing them with 30'of 8mm rope for personal bailout. I just don't know, seems kinda hard to get too while on air and very few multi story buildings in my area. Any thoughts?

                      Stay Safe
                      10 & 18 LCES will save your b*tt

                      Steve
                      10&18 and LCES
                      Stay Safe

                      Steve

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                      • #12
                        For me its...

                        Helmet:

                        Rubber band with a Garrity light, window punch and some small wood wedges.

                        Coat:

                        Company issued PASS device hooked to coat.

                        Inside pocket - CPR pocket mask and some rubber gloves.

                        Outside pockets - Hood, 10' of tubular webbing, basic locking pocket knife, 2 3 prong to 2 prong electric cord adapters, a big marking crayon and ear plugs.

                        Pants:

                        Rubber glove pouch on suspenders.

                        6 volt flashlight attatched by a carabiner to side pull strap on waist of pants.

                        Left pockets - extrication gloves, general purpose work gloves, safety glasses, 15' of tubular webbing, generic leatherman type tool, small cresent wrench, shove tool.

                        Right pockets - fire gloves, bail out bag with 35' of rope and accessories, line mans pliers, utility knife.

                        Have used all most all of it at one time or another.
                        Mark
                        Firefighter / Paramedic
                        IAFF Local 10

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                        • #13
                          helmet; garrity light, rubber strap that is used to prevent doors from locking and also to signify primary and secondary search completed, helmet rubber strap, wooden wedge, and accountability tags.

                          coat; outside-pelican lite, right pocket-2 golf balls and 15 foot of webbing, left pocket-2 more wooden wedges, pen light and exam gloves.

                          bunkers; outside-right firefighting gloves hooked to glove strap, left-outside carabiner, rescue gloves hooked to strap, and leatherman tool. inside-right seat belt cutter, center punch, and shove knife. inside-left is LED light, bungie strap, and hood


                          STILL STANDING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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                          • #14
                            Left Chest Radio Pouch:
                            Radio
                            1 pair 9 inch Klein Lineman Pliers in leather scabbard
                            (got tangled in ceiling wires once. ONCE!)

                            Right Chest:
                            Streamlight flashlight in nomex sewn on holder

                            Left outside coat pocket:
                            Trauma Scissors - surgical steel
                            carpenters center punch - takes out tempered glass
                            electrical tape -
                            Rescue Extrication Gloves

                            Left inner chest pocket:
                            1 breakable glow stick
                            4 pair of Latex Gloves
                            pediatric/adult medical data reference card

                            Right outside coat pocket:
                            5 inch buck knife
                            1 superleatherman tool
                            key to the drill tower
                            1 handkerchief

                            Left leg bellows pocket:
                            40 feet of static kernmantle 1/2 inch rope
                            2 locking carabiners
                            1 30 foot length of nylon webbing - rolled up
                            1 pair of thin rubberized gloves for rolling hose.

                            Right leg:
                            Structural fire fighting gloves
                            1 25 foot section of search webbing with pre tied loops
                            1 of those cool wedges that I got from the firestore.

                            That's it. But I'm always looking for newer and lighter replacement stuff.
                            Last edited by Capt1GVFD; 08-25-2003, 04:02 PM.
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                            • #15
                              I have something on my pants not mentioned yet, a gemtor class II rescue harness.

                              I also have a piece of webbing that is attached to my harness and goes into my pants pocket. Not for self rescue, not for a hasty harness, its to wrap around a nozzle while i'm putting my facepiece on, so no one comes and takes my nozzle

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