What’s in the Cab?

Since the the question of “What’s on Your Stick” was so popular, I decided to follow it up with another on. What’s in your cab?

I have seen and talked to many who do things a differently in regards to tools and implements of destruction in the cab of the truck.  As we all know all tools and items are supposed to be secured if it is to ride with us in the cab. (There is my disclaimer, so please don’t point out the obvious.)  However, we know this is not always practical and so that is not what this post is about.

Rather, I want to know what tools or items you just can’t live without having close to you whether you are in the “seat” or riding backwards.

So, what is your weapon of choice and why?

What would you like to have that you don’t?

Do you get to pick what you take or do you have specifically assigned tools?

Let us know how you work and any great tips for keeping tools in the cab.

Stay safe and train hard.


  • truckie431 says:

    Other than the usual PPE/radio, the only ‘extra’ things that I really make sure are within arm’s reach in the cab is an extra flash light (Vulcan light) and the Thermal Imager. Most of, if not all, of your hand tools can be kept in an outside compartment.

  • We only care flashlights and a set of irons in the cab. The mounting brackets for the ax and Halligan are in two different spots and are kind of awkward to work in a hurry. When I’m riding backwards I take the Halligan and my personal hallway sledge hammer and put them in the cross-lay compartment under our top mount pump panel. That way everything I need is in the same place and they don’t need to be secured since they are outside.

  • dc802 says:

    That is a great idea about putting your tools with the cross-lays. Have you had any issues with them not riding well? Again, i am going to pass that one on, great idea.

  • wmcl says:

    In the front:
    1 radio and 1 flashlight, a clipboard with maps, hydrant plans, some writing paper and pens, a hazmat identification chart, standard keys for gates and barriers

    In the rear:
    Strapped to the cab doors: 2 sets of warning triangle and yellow strobe flashlight for warning the traffic.
    Stored on shelves in the cab: 4 SCBA facepieces (2 SCBAs are integrated into the seats, the other 2 SCBAs are stored in the equipment compartment), 1 rope for every crew member, flashlights for half of the crew members, the same amount of radios (we always work in teams of 2), 1 Smoke hood, 1 Flexible stretcher.
    Under the seats: Several one time use blankets, a large 1st aid kit, axes, crowbars, hand saws, a bolt cutter, a sledgehammer, also a crate of bottled drinking water to prevent dehydration of the SCBA crews.

  • Jason, no I never have had any problem. I kind of tuck them into the middle of the tray behind the nozzle. The line I put them on is our slop line and is nitrile, so maybe the rubber gives a little friction to keep them in place. I will say it leads to a little more maintenance, rust etc. But then I always take care of my tools anyway.

  • Corey May says:

    Riding the seat on a three man engine I can’t live without the Newark 44 hook/halligan lets me force doors and open up for the pipe. Like to marry it with a sledge on occasion to depending on the structure type.

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