I work as a Fire Marshal and cover a lot of ground doing my day to day work. I have about 20+ buildings that I check on a monthly/random basis (Life Safety Code, Monthly Extinguisher checks, Drills, etc). I typically carry: Notebook, Radio, flashlight, Cell Phone, a portable scanner for extinguishers (basically like what they use at a grocery store for stocking), building keys and car keys. I also have an 800mhz radio but I normally keep it at my desk or in the vehicle and at times will have tools, like a screwdriver or a wrench. Pretty much all of the areas within the buildings are generally locked so I'm constantly unlocking doors since the facility is a state mental hospital. As you can tell constantly grabbing my keys and then putting the scanner and other items in my pockets is not ideal. A backpack seems too bulky and a duty belt seems like it just gets in the way since I spend a lot of time getting in and out of a vehicle (an F-150).
I thought about something like a carpenter pouch?
I've been having a tough time finding something works for inspection work but can also be worn or at least removed easily if there is an emergency. On top of inspection work, I respond to any fire alarms and other emergencies (patient issues/patient awol situations) on grounds.
Just wondering if anyone out there has any suggestions?
a utility belt does not have to be worn as it can be carried by the belt strap over the shoulder.
a carpenters pouch may be handy but in the case of the scanner it could fall out and be damaged without some means of securing it to the pouch
utility belts can be designed from woven nylon and are a lot less weight than leather.
you can purchase a carpenters utility belt and remove the pouches you don't need!