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We believe firefighter turnout gear is something to be treasured, not trashed.The mission of Firefighter Turnout Bags® is to keep retired turnouts out of landfills and offers customers the unique opportunity to carry a bag made with retired firefighter turnout gear. We carry a wide variety of styles for women, men and kids. 

 Non Profits We Support:

 FirefighterAid is the 501(c)(3) fund managed by San Diego Fireman's Relief Association. Our mission is to provide charitable assistance to Firefighters and families in crisis, and to promote awareness of Firefighter health and safety issues and the impacts they have upon families and communities. 

For over 100 years, the San Diego Fireman's Relief Association has been providing for the protection, care, and relief of the members of the San Diego Fire Department. In 1990, the association founded the Benevolent Fund to provide a channel for public support as the need continued to increase.

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It’s hard not to think about water today. In the western world, we face growing concerns about our stewardship of the world’s most precious resource. There’s talk of shortages, evidence of reservoirs and aquifers drying up, and of course, plenty of people who simply don’t care.

But forget about us.

Most of us have never really been thirsty. We’ve never had to leave our houses and walk five miles to fetch water. We simply turn on the tap, and water comes out. Clean. Yet there are 663 million people on the planet who don’t have clean water.

That’s a huge number. In fact, it’s twice the number of people who live in the United States. 1 in 10 people in our world doesn’t have access to the most basic of human needs. Something we can’t imagine going 12 hours without.

Here, we’d like to introduce you to a few of those 663 million. They are very real, and they need our help. They didn’t choose to be born into a village where the only source of water is a polluted swamp. And we didn’t choose to be born in a country where even the homeless have access to clean water and a toilet.

We invite you to put yourself in their shoes. Follow them on their daily journey. Carry 80 pounds of water in yellow fuel cans. Dig with their children in sand for water. Line up at a well and wait eight hours for a turn.

Now, make a decision to help. We’re not offering grand solutions and billion dollar schemes, but instead, simple things that work. Things like freshwater wells, rainwater catchments and sand filters. For about $30 a person, we know how to help millions.


This nonprofit was established to commemorate this decorated member of Rescue 4/FDNY, Chief of the Dix Hills Volunteer Fire Department, loving father, husband and brother, Terry Farrell. Terry heroically lost his life on September 11th during the World Trade Center attack. The Terry Farrell Firefighters Fund was established  in Terry's memory, in hopes "to assist firefighters and families across the nation with financial, educational and medical support, and to provide equipment donations for fire departments in need.

"Every three days, one heroic individual gives up his or her life answering the call. Every three minutes, a firefighter is seriously injured on the job. The Terry Fund provides much needed relief to firefighters and families facing hardship. The fund also distributes donated surplus equipment to help them do their jobs more safely and effectively."

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FFTOB is not responsible for lost or stolen gear. 

Return and Repairs Policy:


  • We can accept returned bags for a full refund if the bag is returned within 15 days after you receive the bag.
  • A bag can be exchanged for another product within 15 days after  receiving the bag. If the new bag is less expensive than the original order, we will refund the difference. If the new bag is more expensive than the original order, we will send an invoice to your email. The new bag will be sent once the original bag has been returned to us. If a bag needs to be re-made, it may take up to 10 weeks depending on circumstances. If the new bag is more expensive, the invoice must be paid  before the new order can ship. If the new order is less expensive we will refund you the difference when we ship the new bag to you.
  • If a bag is custom made, differing from what is offered on the website (ei. has differing dimensions), all sales are final.
  • For returns and exchanges, please send this form with the order when you ship it back to us. CLICK HERE to access the form
  • If for any reason your bag needs repairs, you can send it back and we will fix it for you. We will cover the cost of shipping and repairs if its been within three months of purchase. After the first three months, you will be billed for the cost of the repair and shipping; (We do most repairs for free; but we cannot know until we receive the bag and assess the work to be done). Please fill out the bag repair form and include it in the box with your bag. CLICK HERE to access the form
  •  Ship to: FFTOB: 490 Via Del Norte Oceanside, CA 92058


Q: What is the turn around time once I place my order?

A: Each CUSTOM made order takes between 3-6 weeks to be made and shipped out to you, after the order has been placed. Shipping takes 1-3 days within the United States, International shipping Varies but tends to be within 6-10 days. 

Each IN STOCK order ships within 2 business days. Shipping takes 1-3 days within the United States, International shipping Varies but tends to be within 6-10 days. 

If you place an order with both Custom bags AND In stock bags, unless we are informed otherwise by the customer, we will automatically ship them together (which will take 6-10 weeks). Making multiple shipments for one order may require additional shipping charges, which we will invoice to your email.  


Q: Can we send in patches or name plates to have attached to our bag?

 A: Absolutely! We will sew on up to two patches and a nameplate for no additional charge. More patches will be $3 each to have added to your bag. On the shopping cart page there will be a "order notes" box, please let us know that you will be sending us a nameplate and/or patches. Print your order receipt after you complete your order and place in the envelop with your patches/nameplate.  Ship to:

 490 Via Del Norte Oceanside, CA 92058


Q: How do you clean the gear?

A: This is a common question, and we take the gear cleaning process very seriously. We are very confident in our cleaning process and the products we use. One of our team members has his Advanced Cleaning for Structural Turnout Gear per NFPA 1851 certification.  FFTOB follows the standards of the NFPA 1851 advanced cleaning for structure gear. 

When we receive the gear, it is first processed and put through an extractor by our NFPA 1851 certified cleaning administrator. 

Second, the gear is cut and scrubbed. After we scrub the gear it is cut into a bag and then it is sewn. After the item is completed, It is put into the wash again. Our cleaning process ensures that the gear is washed three times. We also do not use questionable gear. The gear is $2 a piece, but after the washing process, we have invested $30 into it. We have even had firefighters tell us that we're going overboard on our cleaning process. So rest assured, the gear goes through a very rigorous cleaning.

Q: Do you customize bags?

A: Every single bag is customized to your liking, except for "in stock" bags. Currently we are only offering a particular set of bags that cannot be altered at this time. The TYPE of bag cannot be altered, but the colors can, and we can make additions, such as patches, text, and other such details. You can find our bag style selection here:

Q: What's included in the price?

A: The price includes the choice of gear color, reflector tape color and strap color. Each name/set of text is an additional $15; Please email us at if you want to include additional names on your bag(s). OR you can include the additional set(s) of text that you would like added to the bag in the "order notes" section at checkout, and we will then send you an invoice for the additional costs associated with the additional text. 

Q: Can I use my own gear?

A: You can absolutely use your own gear. Please follow this link for information about using your own gear:



  • Typically, it's 1 piece of gear to 1 bag (that's approximate). Larger bags require more gear. (The standard duffel requires 2 pieces, the extra large duffel requires about 3 pieces.)
  • Custom made bags are shipped between 3-6 weeks after order placement.
  • The price doesn't change if you use your own gear, however you will receive free order shipping, which will come in the form of a refund when your order is shipped. 
  • Please wash the gear you send us!! We cannot wash personal gear because if it gets damaged in the washing process we, obviously, cannot replace it.
  • Previous to decontamination, the material used to make these bags were exposed to chemicals known to cause cancer. We do not guarantee that all contaminants have been removed from the gear. Purchase and use the bags at your own risk.