FFTOBbyNikiRasor

Firefighter Turnout Bag.COM

California, United States · 281 Sales

FFTOBbyNikiRasor

Firefighter Turnout Bag.COM

California, United States 281 Sales On Etsy since 2011

5 out of 5 stars
(72)

Announcement   Being a firewife I take this very personally. What happens to these garments after retirement matters to me. I believe these turnouts deserve way better than being tossed into the trash!!! I also believe our planet deserves better. I believe WE can do better. It just takes a little creativity....and a few crazy people who are willing to do the work! I started doing this In 2008. Since then I have seen a bunch of creative people use their skills to recycle firefighter gear. The products that have come out of it are absolutely amazing. Every old turnout that gets used for some other purpose is helping reduce our footprint on the planet! I'm so happy and proud to be a part of this movement and I can see a very bright future for it!!

My name is Niki Rasor and I invented making bags out of old retired firefighters turnouts in 2008 and this is my new Etsy shop (I used to be Rasorsharp). I am happy to make these bags! But let me tell you....they are WORK!!! Just the process alone of me digging through the 5 foot tall huge pile of turnouts takes me about 2-3 hours. I dig and dig and pick out the jackets and pants that I know will work for a bag. However I must inspect each one not only for stains I know I cannot get out but for the date!
If the turnout is less than 10 years old... its off limits to me because it’s still considered "good". 10 years and older it’s out of service! The firefighter must turn in the turnouts and get a new set.
In the 2-3 hours of work I’ll pay for them and then it’s off to the washers! I’ll spend about 3-4 hours there. I take all the thick lining out of the turnouts and spray all the garments with a heavy duty cleaner. Then I pump about 16 quarters in, add a little oxy clean and wash. Wait. Take turnouts and liners out of washer, load them into trunk and take them to my house.
I then drape the wet turnouts and their lining over my fence and let air dry!
Just the "unloading and draping over fence" part takes me about 1-2 hours.
When I’m done, I’m wet and winded! These turnouts are heavy enough when they are dry!
I cannot believe the physical strength our firefighters have, to be able to walk up several flights of stairs wearing at least 30 pounds (if not more) of clothing and 75+ pounds of equipment ! These men and women are amazing people!
I then cut the garment and spray it again. I have a brush that’s stiff as nails and I scrub. It takes me about 45 min to do 2 pockets and 1 pair of suspenders. Then it’s back out to the fence to air dry.
When dry, I then sew. I make the body of the bag, the lining, and attach the suspenders.
That takes about 2 hours.
Then I put about 1 1/2 hours of "hand sewing" into the bag.
I put so much love and hard work into each bag.
I just want you to know the process. I want you to know that each bag has soul and is so unique.

I am a 37 year old business owner and house wife. My husband is a Firefighter. We are hardworking single income Americans doing our best to make a fantastic life. We have 4 children under the age of 6. Every free moment I have is golden! I make these bags when my children do not rely on me for their needs, that’s before they wake and when they are asleep. During those times I’m sewing your bag....or washing it.Thanks for reading!

Announcement

Being a firewife I take this very personally. What happens to these garments after retirement matters to me. I believe these turnouts deserve way better than being tossed into the trash!!! I also believe our planet deserves better. I believe WE can do better. It just takes a little creativity....and a few crazy people who are willing to do the work! I started doing this In 2008. Since then I have seen a bunch of creative people use their skills to recycle firefighter gear. The products that have come out of it are absolutely amazing. Every old turnout that gets used for some other purpose is helping reduce our footprint on the planet! I'm so happy and proud to be a part of this movement and I can see a very bright future for it!!

My name is Niki Rasor and I invented making bags out of old retired firefighters turnouts in 2008 and this is my new Etsy shop (I used to be Rasorsharp). I am happy to make these bags! But let me tell you....they are WORK!!! Just the process alone of me digging through the 5 foot tall huge pile of turnouts takes me about 2-3 hours. I dig and dig and pick out the jackets and pants that I know will work for a bag. However I must inspect each one not only for stains I know I cannot get out but for the date!
If the turnout is less than 10 years old... its off limits to me because it’s still considered "good". 10 years and older it’s out of service! The firefighter must turn in the turnouts and get a new set.
In the 2-3 hours of work I’ll pay for them and then it’s off to the washers! I’ll spend about 3-4 hours there. I take all the thick lining out of the turnouts and spray all the garments with a heavy duty cleaner. Then I pump about 16 quarters in, add a little oxy clean and wash. Wait. Take turnouts and liners out of washer, load them into trunk and take them to my house.
I then drape the wet turnouts and their lining over my fence and let air dry!
Just the "unloading and draping over fence" part takes me about 1-2 hours.
When I’m done, I’m wet and winded! These turnouts are heavy enough when they are dry!
I cannot believe the physical strength our firefighters have, to be able to walk up several flights of stairs wearing at least 30 pounds (if not more) of clothing and 75+ pounds of equipment ! These men and women are amazing people!
I then cut the garment and spray it again. I have a brush that’s stiff as nails and I scrub. It takes me about 45 min to do 2 pockets and 1 pair of suspenders. Then it’s back out to the fence to air dry.
When dry, I then sew. I make the body of the bag, the lining, and attach the suspenders.
That takes about 2 hours.
Then I put about 1 1/2 hours of "hand sewing" into the bag.
I put so much love and hard work into each bag.
I just want you to know the process. I want you to know that each bag has soul and is so unique.

I am a 37 year old business owner and house wife. My husband is a Firefighter. We are hardworking single income Americans doing our best to make a fantastic life. We have 4 children under the age of 6. Every free moment I have is golden! I make these bags when my children do not rely on me for their needs, that’s before they wake and when they are asleep. During those times I’m sewing your bag....or washing it.Thanks for reading!

Niki Rasor

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Reviews

Average item review
5 out of 5 stars
(72)
lumb12

lumb12 on Jun 28, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

shipped earlier than i expected,the item is awesome!

Ashley Jenkins

Ashley Jenkins on Jun 27, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

Absolutely love our new diaper bag! And love the fact that a part of my husbands gear could be added to it, without adding too much time to the production schedule. Very versatile and well-made. Highly recommend!

Meredith Sanders

Meredith Sanders on Jun 24, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

I don't know how you can get old, nasty turnouts so clean and soft! The pictures do not do these bags justice! We love love LOVE this more than any other backpack now. Shipping was faster than expected, and Niki was so fast responding to my messages. So proud to support another fire family with this amazing backpack. Seriously, I can't say enough about how great this is!

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Family, Fire Department and Hard Work!!!

My husband asked me to remove a pocket off his turnout coat. When I took it off...I just thought it was the coolest looking thing. I got my sewing machine out and rigged it into a little purse. Never in a million years did I think other people would want one.
I would take my little turnout bag to the gym. A guy would always bug me and tell me "you got somethin there...you need to go into business!"
I told him...over and over that I had four kids under the age of 6! I didn't need a business...I NEED a nanny. But he wouldnt let up and told me that he knew a firefighter who works in my husbands department and that he could get me the gear. I told him that I would call his friend only if he PROMISED to leave me alone!!! He said "DEAL!!!"
My husband did know the guy and said he checked out, so I reluctantly called him.
Five days later I had 3 big ol hefty bags of gear knockin on my door. I made 12 bags and gave every one of them away. Thinking that was the end of it. I never wanted to go through the crazy washing and scrubbing I went through again.
However, all the people that were carrying my bags around were getting stopped all the time. They asked me to make business cards because they were getting into these long conversations with people about their purse. So, I made a batch of business cards. Those cards became orders. Then I got more gear...and now I have a full blown manufactureing company (and lots of little knock off people claiming firefighter turnout bags were their idea - ha!)
I got on ETSY.com and my business has been thriving ever since. I am so grateful to ETSY. I will always be here.
I donate to many charities who offer rehab to adults and children from life changeing injuries related to fire.
I love every second of Firefighter Turnout Bags! Except the crazy washing and scrubbing of course! I will scrub and scrub by hand untill the water is clear. Then and only then will they be put into the machine!!! Thank you for taking the time to read my story - Niki

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    My name is Niki Rasor. I married the love of my life who is a firefighter. We had our first child in 2005 and our fourth child in 2010. I love to surf and I love to refurbish junk into something useful. I'm a mix of Gidget and Macgyver!!!

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