"Sir first let me ask you this what condition is it in and second you should always be concerned about your saftey thats what keeps you alive. Also the gear if your department has kept it that long probly wasnt in use that long so i wouldnt be…"
"Hi there William; I would like to Welcome you to FFN & hope U enjoy this site and gather as many friends as I have during your stay. I’m Leo, a Paramedic from Victoria - Australia; If you read my profile and think that I am suited; please…"
"With smaller operating budgets, it is truly a risk verse gain mentality by your Fire Chief. They understand what the NFPA says about PPE, they know what their budget has to operate, and they look at who is wearing what gear.... some of it may be in…"
"You are right FETC. Our dets standard is that once you finish the academy you get new gear. Unfortunately our gear is not tested. mainly because I believe the overhead knows that a lot of liners would need to be replaced. More like a dont ask dont…"
"I agree with FETC 100% We give our recruits old gear and if they hang in there and show us they are staying they get on the list for new gear. There are alot of departments out there that are barley making it we just gave some air packs and some old…"
"You are absolutely right Paul, you can send your own firefighters and become in-house certified for the inspections. You can also purchase the testing equipment for the advanced inspections instead of sending the gear out."
"My department relegates gear to training only when it is retired. It is marked as training only and is given to cadets and Jr members for non-IDLH training such as; hose evolution, ladders, and SCBA. The rest of our front line gear is cleaned and…"
"To be 100% compliant you need to have a trained internal turnout gear inspector to do the annual inspections. Then most send the gear out for those tests. I do the tests myself. Most who fire off a heated reply on FFN do not understand the NFPA…"
"For you guys saying you must have NFPA compliant gear, go back and re-read the new standard. Are you doing the non-destructive and water saturation tests? Probably not, as your department would have to invest in buying the testing equipment, Guess…"
"Thanks for the reply, the city I work for has the highest poverty rate in Washington, but I understand where you are coming from. I work in one of the poorest neighborhoods in Washington, we ran 3805 calls last year with plenty of fires. When I came…"
"In Washington either you have NFPA, up to date gear or you do not respond. You do not have to earn the right to good gear. The union has fought for and earned that right for you for both paid and volunteer. Every firefighters safety is worth the…"
Hi there William; I would like to Welcome you to FFN & hope U enjoy this site and gather as many friends as I have during your stay. I’m Leo, a Paramedic from Victoria - Australia; If you read my profile and think that I am suited; please feel free to add me to your collection of FFN friends. If I have not added you as a friend, it’s because I have reached my Max and I am waiting for members to reply to me.
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Leo J. Cartwright
246 Kay Street