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  • 1.  Jackets

    Posted 12-11-2020 09:37 PM
    Good Afternoon,

     I am looking for recommendations on jackets. We are looking for something that is light weight, wind resistant, and rain resistance. We use mustang jackets but Texas weather, it goes from hot then cold. They are also so bulky. Any recommendation would be great.

    Alfonso Garcia
    Houston PD - Marine Unit.

    Alfonso Garcia
    Houston Police

  • 2.  RE: Jackets

    Posted 12-12-2020 07:25 AM

    Check out the Blackhawk Tactical Rain Gear.  My agency uses it and most agents are very satisfied with it.

    Scott Plesuk

    Scott Plesuk
    Border Patrol Agent
    United States Border Patrol

  • 3.  RE: Jackets

    Posted 12-12-2020 07:50 AM
    Check out FirstWatch Gear. It's what my old agency (TPWD) just went to. They are a NASBLA Industry Partner and great folks. They are very open to working with you even in design changes. All the gear I use when teaching courses is their stuff and it's awesome.

    William Plumas
    State Game Warden, Ret.
    Thin Green Line LLC

  • 4.  RE: Jackets

    Posted 12-12-2020 07:56 AM
    Good Day Mr. Garcia,
    When you say "jackets" are you referring to outerwear or life jackets?  If life jackets, I'd recommend inflatables worn over whatever apparel is suitable for current conditions.  Lightweight, reliable, and compact are all accurate descriptors.  Look for a product with a Halkey Roberts 1F inflator mechanism.

    Len Nelson
    Absolute Outdoor

  • 5.  RE: Jackets

    Reporting Project
    Posted 12-12-2020 08:07 AM
    You need to look at 1st Watch. I am not certain if you are asking about PFDs or rain jackets but they have both and are designed for first responders. Texas Game Warden now wear their PFDs and also their H2O tax rain gear. 

    Cody Jones
    Asst. Commander
    Boating Law Administrator
    Law Enforcement Division
    Texas Parks and Wildlife Department
    4200 Smith School Rd
    Austin, TX 78744
    512-389-4624 (Office)
    512-431-1326 (Cell)

  • 6.  RE: Jackets

    Posted 12-12-2020 09:38 AM
    Check out "Uniform Warehouse".
    We here at New Jersey on water fire rescue use the long and short 4 season jacket with removable liner and zip off arms. Great jackets..I dont have a photo.

  • 7.  RE: Jackets

    Posted 12-12-2020 09:45 AM
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    Hi Alfonso,
    Our On Water Fire Rescue uses a 4 season jacket, removable liner and sleeves. Great jacket.
    Roy Burnham 
    No wildwood vol fire co, nj

  • 8.  RE: Jackets

    Posted 12-12-2020 11:39 AM
    Thanks everyone. I will look into the different brands recommend.

    Alfonso Garcia
    Houston Police

  • 9.  RE: Jackets

    Posted 12-12-2020 12:40 PM
    Have you looked at the jackets made by First Watch Gear?  Float jackets in general tend to be a bit bulky.

    Rodney ROCHON
    Snohomish County Sheriffs Office (retired)

  • 10.  RE: Jackets

    Posted 12-13-2020 07:49 AM

    I would suggest a company in San Antonio, Forum Direct.

    Reach out to George or Tom.  They will actually come to you with several styles to review.

    James Ranft
    Major Game Warden
    TPWD LE Division Reg 7

  • 11.  RE: Jackets

    Posted 12-14-2020 02:03 PM
    We used a company called Float Tech for our agency.  The jackets had removable shells and sleeves for variety of weather and we customized them with screen printing and embordered badges.  It is also an inflatable PFD.


    Chris Bolen
    Boating and Enforcement Manager
    Elephant Butte Lake State Park
    NM State Parks

  • 12.  RE: Jackets

    Posted 12-14-2020 11:07 AM
    I wholeheartedly agree with the First Watch recommendations!  Ross Johnston at First Watch will work with your agency to get the right gear.  If you're looking for rain gear go with the H20Tac Duty Jacket.

    If it's flotation you need they have multiple options for hot/cold weather, inherently buoyant or inflatables.

    Ross Johnston

    General Manager Firstwatch Gear

    Home Office

    33 Biehn Dr, Kitchener, ON



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