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  • What tools in your pockets ?

    What tools do you carry in your pockets ?
    Anything special, please tell us WHY and HOW you use it.

    Work save.

    Jean Nichols
    Montreal FD

  • #2
    Everyone should have rope or webbing in their pockets.(20-25') For the most part,you or one of your crew members should be carrying tools while you are jacking the hose in place. The rope can be used for hoisting,lowering additional tools and for rescue (victim or self)as well as the webbing. Both are inexpensive and pocket manageable. A folding spanner wrench and wire cutters(lineman's pliars)(for those dropped ceilings that drop) are pocket manageable too. Just my suggestions and opinion.

    Stay safe !!!


    • #3
      Sav a Jake --

      While I think your idea is well thought out-- and your website, also very well done --

      Please refrain from commercial plugs on the forums. It violates your user agreement.

      rather- take out an ad in the magazine.


      "In Omnia Paratus"

      Member - IACOJ
      "Got Crust?"

      -- The opinions presented here are my own; and are not those of any organization that I belong to, or work for.


      • #4
        I personally carry a 20' length of rope, 2 15' lengths of webbing, 2 carabiners, flashlight, multibit screwdriver, sidecutters, spanner, glass punch, a Sling-Link, and of course a radio. Most of the items I carry are very in-expensive and easily replaceable. Not including my radio and sling the total cost of equipment I carry doesn't exceed $150.00 (Canadian that is ).


        • #5

          "L" style flashlight on right chest

          Left chest radio pocket has heavy-duty tin snips, 13 in one screwdriver, 6" pry-bar, utility knife. These are my most frequently used tools, as well as those I will need immediately for self-rescue or emergency situations. I want to keep them where I can easily get to them. My hip-level pockets on my coat are covered by my SCBA straps and I don't want to have to play with getting into them. I also figure that my hip pockets on my pants could be covered w/ debris if I was trapped and my radio pocket is thus most easily accessible.

          Left coat pocket - safety glasses. Vehicle rescue kit - key tool, window punch, tire stem puller, EMS shears attached to caribeener to keep them together.

          Right coat pocket - two wood door chocks. Tool bag with pliers and other small tools.

          Left pants pocket - leather work gloves, 25' 1" webbing pre-tied w/ water knot.

          Right pants pocket - 40' 8mm rope with pre-tied figure-8 and caribeener on one end.

          Helmet - rubber strap w/ 3 nails

          Fire gloves clipped to coat.

          I made a personal decision to locate most of my equipment to my coat to keep it easily accessible and transfer the weight to my shoulders. So far so good.......


          • #6
            On my head I carry the most important tool, my brain. Keep thinking and everything can be accomlished.

            I also keep some rubber straps for door handles and 5 nails on my helmet.

            In my pockets I keep a rolled up 1in. webbing pre-tied for a hasty harness, a folding spanner, a pair of side cutters, a multi tip ratchet screwdriver, extrication gloves, leather work gloves, and some wedges. And I have a harness situated between the layers of my pants so I am always ready to bail.

            Not to mention that universal multi-tool I keep on under my gear that should work in a pinch.

            I also keep a personal axe and an escape rope system attached to a belt for carrying into any building above 2 stories.


            • #7
              On my helmet i carry 2 door chocks, and a mini flashlight.
              In my coat i carry a survivor flashlight with the smokecutter bulb, a pair of linemans pliers, small spanner wrench, and a rescue wrench.
              In my pants packets i carry my gloves, 2 15' of webbing with a double figure 8 on 1 end of each, and 2 carrabeeners.


              • #8

                Whatever you carry, make sure you can use it with gloves on. The little fancy knives, etc that cannot be opened with finger (with glove on) are useless when in the ****!

                Helmet-Brain, wedges, light
                Inside coat-ems gloves, protective glasses for overhaul
                Rt Coat pocket-box cutter, wire cutter
                Lt coat pocket-10' 3/8" rope w/figure8 on end, wedges, screw driver with multiple heads, flashlight
                Rt pants pocket-pre-looped 1" webbing (MAST device) with beaner
                Lt pants pocket-50' rescue rope with beaner

                used to carry spanners and other items but found they could grabbed when getting staged for assignment


                • #9
                  got a rubber band with a door chock.
                  Survivor light
                  extra hood in my inside coat w/pen and ems gloves
                  red man in the inside pocket, u never know when u might run out doing overhaul.
                  outside coat pockets,
                  left side;
                  bag of 50' survival rope w/caribiner. if u dont know how to bail out, you should learn too before it gets to that point.
                  right side;
                  leather gloves, shove knife, battery pliers, kinfe/windowpunch
                  two additional door chocks, wire cutters, leatherman tool
                  pant pockets;
                  fire glove in either pocket, extra junk rope in one.

                  you need enough to get yourself out of a bind, but you have to think about is it going to weigh you down? some people have the bags clipped onto their gear and stuff... when u have to bail out a ladder, thats one more thing to get caught up.
                  you should have what you essentially need. thats it, not every gadget the fire store has to offer. there isnt much you cant do with some spare rope, gloves, a door chock and a leatherman.
                  just my opinion. but then again, if it works.. mindswell use it.
                  another useful tool is a pad of paper and a pen for when you are riding the seat.


                  • #10
                    1 disposable light
                    1 door stop
                    2 window wedges

                    1 shiv tool
                    1 radio
                    1 EMS pocket guide
                    1 "O" tool
                    1 multi tool
                    1 survivor light

                    1 pair channel locks
                    1 pair lineman's pliers
                    1 20' length of webbing
                    1 multi adapter screwdriver
                    Last edited by EFDCaptE3; 12-23-2003, 01:45 PM.


                    • #11
                      Replacement tool

                      Just posting in regards to cutting device the brothers are carrying....
                      Try this on for size one day... Round up household material you may commonly see in a residence or light commericial.
                      Lamp Cord,
                      Small Guage wire,
                      small rope ,
                      coax cable ect ect...
                      Cut down into about 2 foot section. Hold one end in a vise and the other in your hand using a fireman gloved hand use your personal cutting tool to cut...Heck even close your eyes for real-deal sake. Then test the following tools commonly carried by fireman

                      Wire cutters / Lineman pliers
                      Rescue/EMS sheers
                      Tin Snips

                      See what you find is the easiest to handle and quickest cut..

                      My guess is you'll find the lightest, cheapest tool is the best tool out of all...


                      • #12
                        question- why do some of you carry nails? not to familiar with that method.


                        • #13

                          FDNY uses them as disposable chocks,
                          place between door jam and door near hinge,
                          to leave it chocked open without having to carry multiple wood chocks...

                          Hope this helps


                          • #14
                            My wife was recently looking for a set of cutters for her gear, shes a jakette, I went with her to help her pick something. I found that most diagonal cutters (wire cutters) have a notch at the bottom of the cutting surface that would allow wire to seat itself there and not get cut, where a set of linesman pliers do not have that, it is simply shove the wire in until it hits the "hinge" and cut.

                            As for my gear,
                            Helmet: chocks
                            Bandana/handkerchief - works great to keep the sweat out of your eyes on those hot days, and works to minimise the smoke you suck down while on brush fires.

                            Coat: Pad of paper and a pen, some EMS gloves

                            Pants: 35 foot of escape rope on a beaner in the bottom of my right pocket with a heavy material flap sewn over it with a hook and loop tape closure on one side halfway down the inside of the pocket. This allows me to use the rest of the pocket for other stuff.
                            Fire Gloves
                            Leather work gloves
                            Towel for stuffing in the regulator hole in my mask
                            short length of rope for rescue situations
                            rescue wrench
                            and on my suspenders I carry a sheath for my gerber multi tool.
                            Shawn M. Cecula
                            IACOJ Division of Fire and EMS


                            • #15
                              sup guys? i'm luke. i'm currently residing in the philippines
                              and i'm a firefighter here. since i'm not in a well developed country our firefighting gadgets are really not that advance than most of you guys out there in the states... bla bla bla..enough of the crap. in the fire scene the most important tools you will need are radio, a flashlight, wirecutter, and any weapon you can bring to protect from histerical victims, looters, and drunkards. these people are usually n the fire scene specialy in the slum area of the metro.

                              if anyone would want to donate they're old gears or firefighting books to your fellow needy firefighter's in the philippines. you can email me at [email protected]

                              keep safe guys. may God be with you always


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