I know I am a sub-rookie and all, but I have a major problem with firefighters carrying all kinds of garbage on their helmet bands. I recently saw a new minted LT who had every inch of his helmet band covered with crap, including a pair of trauma sheers with plastic handles. The last time I looked at my trauma sheers, the had a handle that could only withstand autoclave temps up to 280 degrees. It seems to be a sign of expertise to carry all that s*** on your helmet. Thoughts?

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My personal thought is that I'd rather have it and not need it, than need it and not have it.  However I don't have a lot of crap on my helmet.  I have one door wedge and one flashlight in my band because I feel it is useful.  I actually find the flashlight more useful on night time MVAs rather than fires.  We are required to carry goggles but they sit on the back of my helmet and never get used. ( I like safety glasses better)  As for stickers,  I have a 9/11 10th anniversary sticker and a black helmet apparel sticker with the wording cut off.

I honestly couldn't care what people do and do not put in there helmets or there turn out gear.  They'll put whatever they feel they need where ever they feel that they can easily get at it.  My girlfriend and I jab each other back and forth on whats in our helmets but its all in good fun and none of it's serious.

Just looked at the posters page, and it appears that he is only in ems, not a fire agency. im not really sure why he would have a problem with firefighters carrying tools like lights or chocks on their helmet where they can easily be accessed with gloves on when he doesnt experience the need for them. all i ever have carried to this point is a garrity, but i plan on adding chocks and maybe some nails at some point. its a matter of preference and need for what you carry. why would i carry something vital in a pocket i cant get to with an scba on.

i also have an american flag on the left side, a "FIREFIGHTER I" sticker on the right, and in the front i have a sticker that says "NO FEAR" that my dad gave me after i finished ff1.

I dont have a helmet band theres no need for one because i carry a flashlight on my jacket

i have 2 chocks and a flashlight on mine. not much at all

In my opinion, the less on your band the better. What do I know though, I don't even have a band. If I ever get around to getting one though, I will only get a light, chalks, and plugs. I'll keep sheers and everything else either hanging off my front or in my pockets.

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