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  • kneepads?

    I am in my 240 fire class right now and we are doing the maze a few times a day and just a lot of stuff on our knees. My knees are blistered and bleeding from crawling around so much and i was wondering if anyone uses kneepads and if so what kind do you use?
    FFII/EMT-P

  • #2
    Originally posted by trailboss2
    I am in my 240 fire class right now and we are doing the maze a few times a day and just a lot of stuff on our knees. My knees are blistered and bleeding from crawling around so much and i was wondering if anyone uses kneepads and if so what kind do you use?
    I took a class that required a lot of time crawling on concrete floors and metal grate stairs. I found the skateboarding style of knee pad with the hard shell on the knee works quite well. You may be beyond the point of seeing any benefit from these pads other than not doing any further damage.

    Good luck.
    Shawn M. Cecula
    Firefighter
    IACOJ Division of Fire and EMS

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    • #3
      Not for nothing, not trying to be a (expleritive) why are you spending so much time on your knees to the point you are causing injury to yourself? What is the objective of your training, stay on your knees no matter what?

      The sisters would be proude of you though, give it up as a sacrafice to the souls in pergitory.
      "Never share a foxhole with anyone braver than yourself."

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      • #4
        Just from crawling on our knees through the maze. The hard wood in the maze and being on my knees like that is causing my pants to have a rug burn effect on my knees.
        FFII/EMT-P

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        • #5
          Just about all CFBT instructors in the UK and probably Europe are provided with knee pads during training burns. The styles and types vary - just go for comfort and durability.
          Euro Firefighter 2008 - Strategy & Tactics from the World's Firegrounds

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          • #6
            I have a few things that can be beneficial...get a pair of hard kneepads, as for skateboarding, or what a tile installer may wear. Home Depot, maybe 15-20$
            FF/NREMT-B

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            • #7
              Durring my accademy it was recomended and most if not all had knee pads.

              Most had the elastic type that one would see volleyball players using. They fit under the gear and they were cheap.

              Worked well for the 3 months we used them.

              FTM-PTB

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              • #8
                Did you have any problems getting them on and off quick? While we are doing this we have to be able to get our gear on in effective time as well.
                FFII/EMT-P

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                • #9
                  In my standards 1 and 2 we were not allowed to use knee pads and if you were caught with them you would be punished or disciplined in some way.
                  I still have scars on my knees from all the crawling we did through the smoke tower and burn buildings. The skin would just peel off around your knees and heal up just in time for it to come off again.
                  " We are not extraordinary people , we are people caught in extraordinary situations. " Chapter 1 IFSTA Manual

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by trailboss2
                    Did you have any problems getting them on and off quick? While we are doing this we have to be able to get our gear on in effective time as well.
                    We had probably 5 minutes tops between classes...that includes time to get from location to location...yes it was unrealisitic but I think that was the general idea just to f*ck with us. They come off and on just as fast as you can imagine...I can't imagine this being an issue.

                    Originally posted by firepimp
                    In my standards 1 and 2 we were not allowed to use knee pads and if you were caught with them you would be punished or disciplined in some way.
                    I still have scars on my knees from all the crawling we did through the smoke tower and burn buildings. The skin would just peel off around your knees and heal up just in time for it to come off again.
                    While I agree that probationary fire school should be one of the most uncomfortable, difficult, challenging environments you will ever face (outside the firefloor) there is no reason to inflict pain, or suffering for no reason....I know a few guys who after a handful of years who have gotten 3/4s disability from their knees being all f*cked up. There is no reason to speed up this process during the accademy.

                    If you spend as much time on your knees during your academy as I did (I know it sounds really perverted) and I doubt that is possible...if you have the pads I recomended you will be fine.

                    FTM-PTB

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                    • #11
                      I got some at the local sports store for $5 that are pretty comfy and they just slide on. Ill just put them on under my duty pants ahead of time because they are pretty small and slim.
                      FFII/EMT-P

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                      • #12
                        A lot of students at the Massachusetts Fire Academy wear kneepads when performing live burns and search and rescue drills. Kneeling on hard, wet concrete floors, in a word, sucks.
                        ‎"The education of a firefighter and the continued education of a firefighter is what makes "real" firefighters. Continuous skill development is the core of progressive firefighting. We learn by doing and doing it again and again, both on the training ground and the fireground."
                        Lt. Ray McCormack, FDNY

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                        • #13
                          we were told to man up, which we did. I learned to duck walk whenever possible
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                          • #14
                            I had a pair of volleyball pads that were made with kevlar and just strapped on, no sliding them on. Easy to put on and take off. Just kept them in my boots.
                            NREMT-P\ Reserve Volunteer Firefighter\Reserve Police Officer
                            IACOJ Attack

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by FFFRED
                              Durring my accademy it was recomended and most if not all had knee pads.

                              Most had the elastic type that one would see volleyball players using. They fit under the gear and they were cheap.

                              Worked well for the 3 months we used them.

                              FTM-PTB

                              I got some of the cheap vollyball-type kneepads a couple of years ago and I wear them under my gear whenever we go to LSU for training....works great, not expensive. Everybody kind of chuckled at me a bit when I first put them on....by the time we got out of the burn building it was more like "Hey, where can I get some of those?"
                              Chief Dwayne LeBlanc
                              Paincourtville Volunteer Fire Department
                              Paincourtville, LA

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