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My Employer is Government and supplies My Flares/Fire Extinguishers 2 66.67%
I supply my own Flares/Fire Extinguishers 1 33.33%
I replace Flares/Extinguishers used by the General Public at Accidents 1 33.33%
I do not Replace Flares/Extinguishers Used by the General Public 0 0%
This is a good Idea/Public Relations effort that should be done. 2 66.67%
This is not a Good Idea/Practice 0 0%
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Old 02-11-2014, 07:15 AM
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Years ago, before I joined the RCMP I did a co-op with the O.P.P. (early 70s) and one thing I took away from that experience and carried it with me throughout my career was to replenish emergency supplies used by the general public.

For example you attend to an accident or a fire and there is already a member of the general public there that has laid out road flares, used their own fire extinguisher etc. to secure and protect the scene.

Before releasing the member of the general public I would replace their road flares and even fire extinguisher with my supplies. I could do this as they were already paid for and to explain the loss of a fire extinguisher was easy as it was expended to use and the Force would approve the replacement as a gesture of goodwill and thanks to the member of the general public.

I also trained all my recruits to do the same and to try and keep the practice ongoing.

I am curious now if this practice has become more wide spread.
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I am just a civilian, but i am mandated by all State & some Federal Laws to carry 30 minute flares, fire extinguisher, First Aid Kit, i carry 2 medium sized kits
Truckers are suppose to have them too

I have been given Flammable Flares by the California Highway Patrol at a scene, he mentioned that they are required to rotate stock every so often, just like beers born on date & they would not be missed

One time a Fireman help me to update 1 of my Kits, again theirs were getting old by their standards, mine at the time were 6 years old, but still sealed up

Extinguishers i have been lucky on, the company that recharges my bottles, gives me a discount & when FEMA didn't use all of their bottles in New Orleans, etc. I was able to get some of those bottles, 5 pound ABC, for a huge discount
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Years ago, before I joined the RCMP I did a co-op with the O.P.P. (early 70s) and one thing I took away from that experience and carried it with me throughout my career was to replenish emergency supplies used by the general public.

For example you attend to an accident or a fire and there is already a member of the general public there that has laid out road flares, used their own fire extinguisher etc. to secure and protect the scene.

Before releasing the member of the general public I would replace their road flares and even fire extinguisher with my supplies. I could do this as they were already paid for and to explain the loss of a fire extinguisher was easy as it was expended to use and the Force would approve the replacement as a gesture of goodwill and thanks to the member of the general public.

I also trained all my recruits to do the same and to try and keep the practice ongoing.

I am curious now if this practice has become more wide spread.
I'am in the OPP I would have to agree to a certain extent. I don't think I would replenish a fire extinguisher, but flares I have no issue handing them out to someone who paid money on their own. We carry a big box of flares in each cruiser so I have no issues giving someone 5 flares or however much they used.

It's good PR too.
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I was fortunate where I have been stationed, most of the small towns had volunteer fire departments. They all had the equipment whereby they could recharge fire extinguishers, so this saved a lot of cost. As for outright replacing them we were able to submit expense claims for "ex-gratia" payments, generally used to cover costs, payments to or damage to property owned by civilians.

The last town I was in even replenished SCUBA tanks. It was a form of fund raising for them and saved a lot of money for local divers, otherwise they would have to travel 40 miles to get a refill.
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I'am in the OPP I would have to agree to a certain extent. I don't think I would replenish a fire extinguisher, but flares I have no issue handing them out to someone who paid money on their own. We carry a big box of flares in each cruiser so I have no issues giving someone 5 flares or however much they used.

It's good PR too.
Totally agree....Its great PR as well....Those flares that you just handed out may assist in saving a life.....Especially the drivers on the road these days.....
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