-2 door chocks in my coat and one on my lid
-16ft of webbing water knotted to make a loop
-Electrical tape and Medical tape
-Spring loaded center punch
-A saw blade tool
-Flat head &…"
"Well stated and I couldnt agree more. I too started out with a mobile hardware store in my gear, but the first survival class I took, I went to do the head first bail onto the ladder and the guys butting it almost got a concussion from all the…"
"What type of rope were you carrying? I carry 50' of Sterling rope (heat resistant kind) in a gallon zip-lock bag with two carabiner's and a DCD. I just fold the rope in there nice and neat, it fit's great in my side bunker pants…"
"Totally agree with Michael, some people carry way to much stuff. All I carry is a utility knife, multi screw driver, cutters. Of course I have my bailout kit and some pieces of webbing too. Those are essential! "
"I picked this up at Lowes CRESENT CUTTERS. They looked user friendly and tough. So far I have been able to cut through chain link fence, 16 penny nails, dryer vent wire, and all sorts of wire without having to pull it tight to cut…"
"Great posting. You really open some eyes and the fact you not only really listen but try to implement the action stated in the keynote speaches are awesome. I have read one of your entries and I am hooked already. Good job and stay safe…"
Like many things in life, my personal drive for all things fire service has it's highs and lows. It seems I hit those dreadful lows at the end of each year. I am sure the marathon of the holidays does not help, but I feel this is due to a long…
I am a proud owner of a 1955 F100 Ford Truck. One summer afternoon, while driving my steering became very loose. After giving the suspension a through once over the culprit was very evident. I needed to replace the old, worn ball joint. This being the first time undertaking such a project, I elicited the help of my father who is a…
Hello, I just read a response by you in one of the discussions. You talked about your mentoring program. We have one as well. I would be very interested in seeing more of your program so I could compare and maybe improve ours. Would you be willing to share anything? Thanks!!
Althouhg carrying your own tools might be the answer--a better system is where everyone is properly trained on the departments tools--including proper maintenance,putting them back where they belong and understanding their proper use. Imagine the inventory nightmare if each firefighter carried his or her own tools--We all need to understand that our business is about supporting one another, working as a team and getting the job done that provides the best level of service our communities have decided they want. I agree that some of the smaller pocket tools could be firefighter owned--but the FE Tools we need should be department issue and everyone must be responsible for their use.
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