Do we really need the “buff or wacker belts”. 

Lately it seems like part of the EMT dress code is to outfit yourself with a “buff belt” which I refer to as a wacker belt.  

I understand being “prepared” but these belts are carrying everything from a set of keys to rappelling gloves and socket sets. Like the gear we carry is not heavy enough.  The only thing that I carry is a raptor (Gerber multi tool) and a spare key with a 02 wrench.  

I saw a younger EMT come into a ER last night with the following on his “buff belt”:  Multi tool, UHF/VHF portable, Chinese brand portable,  bristojet, handcuff case (unknown contents) glove pouch, cell phone case, tourniquet, OC spray?  Really  

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