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    IFAK - My new Load out

    This weekend I took a very detailed oriented class on stopping catastrophic hemorrhaging, you know gun shot wounds, stab wounds, crushing wounds all the stuff you never every want to have to deal with. I learned a lot and the training was top notch. The instructors included combat field medics, fire department paramedics, and law enforcement. Folks that have been in the field and used these tested techniques. Like I said I learned a lot, like how painful a tourniquet is and unless it hurts you did it wrong, what it feels like to have a tourniquet on long enough for your hand to turn white and get no pulse, and what it feels like to have a 250 lbs man plant his knee in your groin and stop all blood flow to your leg (pro tip it hurts like hell). I also realized my IFAK (Individual First Aid Kit) really looked more like a normal first aid kit, it had to much filler band aids, antibacterial ointment, aspirin, and just lots of stuff I all ready had in my normal first aid kit, the purpose of the IFAK is completely different the military definition says "the Individual First Aid Kit increases individual war-fighter capabilities to provide Self-Aid/Buddy-Aid and provides interventions for two leading causes of death on the battlefield, severe hemorrhage and inadequate airway". Now for us civilians you never know when you may come up on a car crash, industrial accident, or God forbid a shooting or other terrorist attack, with that in mind and with my new training I revised what I carry in my IFAK. Below is what I consider the best load out for a IFAK and even this might be a bit much. As you can see a few items in here require advanced training and I urge you to find it and go get it and then practice it. My poor wife and son can attest to how many times I've placed a tourniquet on them. Got questions, got ideas let me know. IFAK LOAD OUT Small MOLLIE Pouch (1): Z-Pak Dressing (2) 4 ½ x 4.1 yards: Rolled Gauze 3” (1): 5X9 Surgical Pads (1): Sharpie Pen (1): Nitrile Gloves (2): Face Mask (2): Eye Protection (1): Anti-Bacterial Wipes (4): Medical Shears (1): 6” Israeli Combat Bandage (1): 4”x4” IDF bandage Combat Action Tourniquet Gen 7 (1): Nasopharyngeal Airway 28fr (1): Surgical Lubricant 5 grams (2): Hyfin Chest seals vented (2): Celox Rapid Ribbon 1” x 5ft (2): Space Blanket 52" x 84 (1):
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    IFAK - My new Load out

    On the eye protection, the guys teaching the class had a few military field medics teaching, they made it pretty clear that good eye protection served them very well, I figured they knew what they were talking about so I added it to my kits.
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    New Opinel #6

    Nice I have a few wood handle knifes and I've always liked how it feels in my hand.
  4. Oh how I wish I had a volcano.
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    Henry - U.S. Survival AR-7

    Every time I see your posts I realize how little I know about fire arms. Thanks for the information.
  6. I'd like to relocate to my own little island, fat chance but oh would it be nice.
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    IFAK - My new Load out

    @Wyzyrd that is a good catch, I would never use Latex gloves so not sure at all why I have that, editing the list.
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    Pull string Start Fire

    I just came across this and can't wait to get some, as soon as I do I'll put up a full review check it out here http://www.pullstartfire.com/
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    TPS M6 Survival Rifle - 22LR/410

    Not bad at all,.
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    TPS M6 Survival Rifle - 22LR/410

    What's the cost?
  11. Well I can add CPR-AED- FIRST Aid Instructor to my list of medical certifications. Can't wait to teach my first class. I figured this was a sure fire way of keeping these skills current.
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    CPR-AED-First AID Certification

    My buddy owns a tow truck service and we started talking about all the certifications they have to have one is called TIM (Traffic Incident Management), I was impressed by everything it taught, so he signed me up and I got certified, may never use it but now when I come up to an accident I know what I'm seeing at what to expect. What emergency certifications do you have specific to your occupation?
  13. What did you do today to help you prep? Today I worked a bit on my medical supplies, finally added the important documents file to all go bags and made sure all go bags had the frog togs ponchos added.
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    Your daily prep?

    Today I added 1 dozen personal green IDF dressings, I will make sure the families IFAKs have one, the rest I'll add to the medical dispensary.
  15. I've been building (very slowly) a library of text books, how things work books, and medical books. Real books with paper and everything. You never know when the internet will go kaput!
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    Turbulent Hydro Power

    How cool!
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    Cooler with no Electricity

    Anyone see this, I wonder?
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    Cooler with no Electricity

    I'm always amazed how inventive we humans can be.
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    Recent acquisition thread

    @zackmars What do you like so much about the bag?
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    Water Bobs for Christmas

    My wife is not only beautiful and not only intelligent but she always gets me great Christmas presents and this year she even got me prepping stuff, I'd marry that woman if I hand't all ready, She got me two water BOBs, and as she said, we got two bathtubs might as well have two BOBs. What about you did you get any cool gear this Christmas.
  21. @Gary_Gough Sure is scary stuff, how the movie go? The only way to win is not to play.
  22. My wife is going on a trip this weekend and as luck would have it a winter storm is forecast and some of the mountain passes around here can get scary. While she is from "up north where it snows" I have no worries but I'll be making sure she has plenty of items just in case for the trip. What's your best tips for winter travel, what's the most important things you would take on a winter driving expedition?
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    Winter Travel in your Car

    Good list the kitty litter is a darn good idea.
  24. I've been needing to refill some supplies from food to first aid, I'd start with that.
  25. @zackmars those need to be stuffed with cheese, wrapped in bacon and deep fried......yum!