Most of them never make it in the front door. Most of the time, they are selling crap and I just don't want them in the station.
We make an exception for this guy:
He arrives in a truck, we let him into the gate where he sets up to display his wares.
He has a lot of cool stuff in there, it's like a candy store for firefighters.
This guy does repairs on turn-out gear, does custom lettering on PPE and adds cool stuff to your gear like radio pockets, glove holders and mask pouches.
Need an axe? Perhaps something in an axe carrying strap?
Bins of accessories.
I have purchased several items off of this wall. Though pricey, the leather suspenders are sure nice. Fortunately, I received mine as a gift.
Although are kind of far from where this gentleman lives, he does manage to make it up our way every once in a while. He treats us fair and usually by the time he makes it up to where we are, we are in need of something.
The newer guys suck this stuff up. They spend a lot of cash adding stuff to their turn-outs and buying axes, scabbards and such.
Me? I am a sucker for flashlights and knives. You never know when you are going to need one.
Thanks for reading,