what Knife do you carry on duty?

para82frame

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what Knife do you carry on duty?
I am thinking about getting a spyderco Rescue 79 mm for my own graduation gift. I am already a knife knut and I know it is a good knife but would you recommend it for a soon to be EMT-B?
 

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I personally like pointy knifes. A lot of my friends have fancy folding knifes and are surprised at what I carry in my turnout gear. I carry a good old fashioned usmc ka-bar. When I'm hung up in a burning building on electrical wires or dangling from a rope that needs to be cut or what ever the case may be, I want a good knife. This is for rescue and firefighting. For ems, I just carry my trauma shears and keep a leatherman somewhere close.
 

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spyderco assist I. i bought it because it looked kool. i kept it and carry it daily because its one of the best knives on the market for public safety use. dull point so i can cut a seatbelt withou shiving my pt. window punch so i dont have to go looking for one. and a whistle built into the handle because, belive it or not, the tones dropping doesnt wake my partner up, but that whistle does!!!
 

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Wow!.. all impressive... as of yet, in my 30 years in a fairly decent metro EMS I have never had to use or carry a knife. I found pushing the button on the seat belt will usually release it & if that don't work, try EMT shears.. they usually will cut right through them.. for as window punch, I only used one twice.. when teaching extrication courses...

Save your money, and buy some books and educational materials....

R/r 911
 

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I usualy carry a small folding blade, but almost never use it for anything but opening food packages that get the better of me.

I do carry this;


It's super usefull, actualy more so in the ER that I work in than on the ambulance, as I generaly don't get codes or other calls that require clothes to be cut off on the ambulance, but it's way better than a pair of shears.
 

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Knife

I have a cheap knife from the flea market now, it does the job but this is what I want

 
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para82frame

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well I already carry a knife with a point (A benchmade 555BLU) so at the cost of being "over prepared" I was going to carry both.

Sadam I have one in a hard sheath on my dog tags.
 

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Ridryder911 said:
Wow!.. all impressive... as of yet, in my 30 years in a fairly decent metro EMS I have never had to use or carry a knife. I found pushing the button on the seat belt will usually release it & if that don't work, try EMT shears.. they usually will cut right through them.. for as window punch, I only used one twice.. when teaching extrication courses...

Save your money, and buy some books and educational materials....

R/r 911
Not true Rid........You have to have something to spread your PB&J with!!!!

I agree with you though, 13 years and have never had a need for one and a few situations when I was glad I didn't have one. Why introduce yet another uneeded weapon into your box that someone else can use against you. Its not worth it!
 

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I carry a Smith and Wesson Folding Tactical knife for everyday use, but I don't specfically carry a knife in my EMS gear.

I do carry a folding knife in my FF gear though, and have used it on more than one occasion.
 

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Flight-LP said:
Not true Rid........You have to have something to spread your PB&J with!!!!
We keep a few of those KFC utensil packages in the jump bag for just such on occasion. :) They're great because at some of the events we work at, food magically appears. We were working a concert one time and one of the food vendor guys comes over with a big ol' plate of tri tip and BBQ ribs. Yummy. I was glad I had a fork!
 

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I find the lowly spork quite handy. It truly has not reached its potential in the ems community, IMHO.......B)
 

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emtwannabe said:
I find the lowly spork quite handy. It truly has not reached its potential in the ems community, IMHO.......B)
We usually have those if there's Taco Bell nearby that we can restock from. :)
 

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para82frame said:
but it can also protect the EMT if all heck breaks out.
What are you going to do, stab someone?????????

Guaranteed way to never work on a truck again, you will be hard pressed to have a defense of why you shoved a knife into someone. Self defense won't cut it. You may wish to talk with DT4EMS, he may have one or two slightly better solutions..........

Glad this thread isn't on "what gun do you carry on duty".............
 

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Flight-LP said:
Glad this thread isn't on "what gun do you carry on duty".............
Let's not go there, please. The last time was bad enough.
 

para82frame

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Flight-LP said:
What are you going to do, stab someone?????????

Guaranteed way to never work on a truck again, you will be hard pressed to have a defense of why you shoved a knife into someone. Self defense won't cut it. You may wish to talk with DT4EMS, he may have one or two slightly better solutions.............
you are probably right but a knife gives me peace of mind. (ya, I am probably a little crazy but who isn't? :) )
 

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Smith & Wesson First Response. the knife for cutting seatbelts, and has the blunt tip so as not to be used in a stabbing, also has a spring loaded window punch. i can even use it to clean the dirt out from under my fingernails.
 

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I carry a big ol folding Benchmade AFCK on and off duty, but it's not for self defense. I just always use my knife for day to day stuff. I use my surefire E2D flashlight for defense as it hurts plenty and won't kill anyone if I use it. Plus, the light itself is enough to stop most people in their tracks at night.

I see no problem having a knife. It's a very useful tool just like any other. I just keep it out of reach from anyone shady.
 

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para82frame said:
but it can also protect the EMT if all heck breaks out.

Now that is scary... I can read it now, EMT stabbed by psych patient.. funeral services not scheduled yet....

Weapons has no place in health care.. period. If you want to know what to do..take DT4EMS course period. Other wise, put the toys away before you hurt someone or get yourself killed.... period. Have seatbelts that get entangled.. (which in 30 years, of running high volume of MVA's, I have yet seen) get some EMT shears (yes, they will cut through belts, just fine).. don't have an excuse to be be a whacker...
 

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para82frame said:
but it can also protect the EMT if all heck breaks out.
All I have to say is that this past Sunday when I was at an ADLS training day, I've never heard so many people say "I'm so glad I didn't have a gun" when they had to deal with one of the role-play victims who was the biggest pain in the butt I have ever seen. (Nice kid, great actor.)

In terms of carrying anything, I have always and probably will always carry my Leatherman Juice multi-tool. I can't tell you how many situations have been resolved in day to day life because of one of the many tools on it. If I'm gonna carry something, I want a lot of options in terms of the use.
 
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