Firefighters: What’s in Your Gear Pockets? Here’s My Answer.

tools in firefighter pockets

By Boogiedowntruckwork


We have been asked several times what we carry in our gear - AKA “what’s in your pockets?” I try to keep it simple. What are the most important items I will need if the next run is a working fire?

The image above shows what I carry on the outside - wooden wedge on the left side. Right side flashlight, knife and elevator keys.

what firefighter carry in pockets


This picture shows what is inside my pockets. The right side pocket is wire snips and EMS sheers. Left side small prusix cord and 35ft webbing with a carabiner in an EMS glove

firefighter tools in gear pockets

Observe the placement of cutting tools. Any evasive maneuver with the SCBA will require the left hand to be kept on the left shoulder strap (left for life). Keeping the cutting tools on the right side allows access to mitigate a possible entanglement issue.


** Note that I’m in a truck company and if riding the engine for the tour, I place a hose strap and OST(outer stream tip) in my left pocket. I also carry an equipment bag on the rig stuffed with different tools/equipment for routine emergencies, which we will address in another write up.



Final Thoughts On Gear Pockets

Minimizing what one carries makes you quicker and less bulky. This results in higher efficiency on the fire ground. In a dire situation, I don’t want to be rummaging through a pocket full of tools for something that may save my life or someone else’s life inside the building.

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Disclaimer: This is for informational purposes only. Opinions reflected are those of the author. Always consider personal safety and department policies/procedures.