Equipment Bags

CarolinaFireJournal - By David Pease
By David Pease
04/24/2015 -

Looks like we are now ready to move into some much warmer and dryer weather. I am looking forward to FDIC this year to see what new and cool equipment will be coming out next. Hopefully I will come across some tools and equipment I can bring back to everyone. It has been interesting to see how technology continues to change and move forward. Keeping up with it is sometimes a challenge, but for some of us “old school” rescuers, we need to accept the good changes and be willing to move forward with technology that will make our jobs safer and better.


When we look at all the gear we sometimes have to carry with us, we have to also consider the best way to move that gear from place to place. This is especially true in the fire service, where you have to have, or carry your turnout gear with you almost all the time. If you are going to a class somewhere or even flying to a class, you may have to carry your gear. Lightning X makes some really good bags just for this purpose.

The Lightning X LXFB60WD-B is their premium turnout gear bag with wheels and a retractable handle. The bag is large enough to hold all your gear and also has two outside zipper compartments. One is on the end and the other on the side. The zippers are large and heavy duty to give you better performance. It has heavy duty carry straps that are sewn in all the way down the side of the bag for better strength. There is Velcro holding them together at the top. The bag has reflective stripping and a sewn in cloth fire patch on the side. There is a name ID card slot on the side as well. The zipper pulls are ballistic nylon, and the bag is made of a water resistant heavy-duty nylon.

It is one of the largest gear bags on the market. The bag will hold 100 pounds of gear and could hold two sets. The bag measures 18 inches deep, 18 inches wide and almost 32 inches long. This premium bag has a retractable luggage handle that zips away, and the bottom of the bag is molded along with the sides. It has large wheels on the bottom for better rolling and handling. The top also opens up the entire size of the bag. For traveling to places like FDIC, it would make an excellent bag for flying your gear and clothes. However, remember that you can only fly 50 pounds without having to pay extra. The gear bag will be easily recognized coming down the baggage turnstile, which is a good thing.

Lightning X also makes a variety of sizes in the gear bag market. They do have smaller bags. They have SCBA mask bags, as well as an assortment of medical bags and first responder bags. For more information on the Lighning X bags visit

I’ll be reviewing more equipment this year so stay tuned.

If you have any questions or comments, please shoot me an email at [email protected]. Until next time, train hard, be safe, and know your equipment.
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