Firefighter Turnout Bag
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Firefighter Turnout Bags are customizable, durable bags made from retired firefighter uniforms ( also known as turnouts ). The bags are made from fire resistant, synthetic fabric that is used to protect firefighters from cuts, tears, and burns. Numerous products are offered including handbags, computer bags, backpacks, and more. Each product comes with adjustable straps, deep pockets, and can be customized to the customer's liking. All parts of the retired uniforms are used in the making of this product, including the pockets and zippers. The bags are all made from different uniforms which makes each one different from the last.
- Deep Pockets
Each bag features deep pockets that are either secured with velcro, hardware clasps, zippers, or flaps secured with clasps.
- Adjustable Straps
The bags come with nylon straps that can be adjusted for maximum comfort.
- Nameplates and Patches
Each bag comes with up to two sewn on patches and a nameplate for free. These can be sent by customers with the order or requested on the website. Additional patches can be sewn on for an additional fee.
- Scrubbed Clean
All materials used in the making of the bags are put through an extractor to clean off any toxic chemicals to ensure the bags are safe to come in contact with. The gear is then scrubbed 3 or more times to ensure it is as clean as possible.
The bags are made from uniforms made to protect firefighters from the elements, wear and tear, and noxious fumes. This material is durable and will resist almost any damage. The durability means these bags will last for very long periods of time.
- Unique Aesthetic
Firefighter uniforms are created to be very recognizable in the case of an emergency. Using these materials makes the bags stand out visually, and wearing them shows support for firefighters and other emergency responders.
The materials used in firefighter turnout bags are very lightweight, which makes them comfortable to carry around.
- Easy to Clean
The bags are made from fabric that is very easy to clean. Each bag comes with detailed instructions on how to properly clean them if necessary.
- Environmentally Friendly
Before the creation of turnout bags, firefighter uniforms were thrown away and put in landfills. These bags allow the uniforms to be used after retirement and prevent them from filling landfills.
The makers of the firefighter turnout bag offers free repairs to their products for 3 months after purchase. They also offer repairs after 3 months for a modest fee.
- Personal Touches
Allows customizations that gives personal significance to each consumer. Customers can send in their own or their families own turnouts to remind them of their service. Custom nameplates and patches allow customers to put their personal touches on any of the bags.
The firefighter turnout bags are more expensive than typical bags. According to the producers, the higher cost is due to the labor required to sanitize and deconstruct the gear, tool maintenance costs, and the overhead costs required to run a business in California.
- Production Time
According to the official website, the bags will take 6-10 weeks to make once the order is placed. Pre-made bags are offered that can be bought and received much quicker.
Prior to decontamination, these uniforms were likely exposed to toxic materials and carcinogens ( chemicals that have been linked to cancer ). Although there is an extensive cleaning process, the website does have a disclaimer that they do not guarantee that all contaminants were removed from the bag materials. Buy and use the bags at your own risk.
Does It Really Work?
Most of the reviews for the bags have been overwhelmingly positive. According to customers the bags are almost indestructible and very lightweight. Customer service has often been praised as responsive and prompt.
Tips & Tricks
- Personal Gear
Sending them your or your families own gear won't actually reduce the price of the bags, but the company will offer free shipping on your final product. This would be a great way to save some cash and give your bags a personal touch. The company stresses that you should wash your gear before sending it, as they are not responsible for any damage the gear may have after washing.
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