Since day one in the fire service, we have each had that one thing that we always carry in our gear. A screw driver, pliers, wire cutters, rope or webbing. Over the years we might accumulate more or downsize to just what we need.
I am always curious when I hear some state that they don’t want any extra weight on them, that their gear is heavy enough.
As you can see, we recently were issued the external harnesses. We had members that complained about the weight and extra attention that needed to be paid to getting into the gear. I personally have not had any problems and I will post on these harnesses another time.
The matter at hand is “what’s in your pockets?” I have things that I always carry with me no matter what and there are some items that I would like to add and just haven’t done it yet.
I keep a 30 foot piece of webbing, two cords, wire cutters, (need new ones), regular pliers, screw drivers, a center punch and I wear a flash light on my coat. There are some items that I need to add, but for now this is what I have. For example, I would like to add a 25 and 50 foot section of 8mm rope, wooden wedges and a new pair of spring loaded wire cutters.
What do you carry and why? Do you have any great stories of needing any of your tools and were glad you had them?
Share your input and give us your recommendations and suggestions on what to carry and why.
Stay safe and be careful out there.
Also on FirefightersEnemy …
- Simple Webbing Tips: Storage – June 15, 2012
- Don’t Forget the Obvious: Basement Self Rescue – September 25, 2012
- Tools for a Purpose – March 14, 2012
- Drywall Ladder Escape – June 18, 2012