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The project's funding goal was not reached on Thu, January 1 2015 6:28 PM UTC +00:00
$3,087
pledged of $11,100pledged of $11,100 goal
37
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Thu, January 1 2015 6:28 PM UTC +00:00

About

UDPATE: Today I was on the NEWS about my KICKSTARTER!

I'm doing this Kickstarter because I'd like to make MORE bags in a shorter period of time. Up until now, FFOTB has sustained itself but the amount of effort and time I put into processing the gear for each bag is astronomical and demand is ever increasing. With demand comes more overhead. That said, I wouldn't ask for your help if I didn't need it! To take my products and services to the next level, I need an industrial washing machine called an extractor, and some updated cutting equipment. 

Because I have created a manufacturing company for these bags and oversee or handcraft every part of the construction of each bag, NO part of my process is outsourced to an outside company! An extractor and some updated cutting equipment would cut down on HOURS of production time for each bag. 

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With your $7 pledge, your name will be on our very special "BECAUSE OF YOU" page on www.fftob.com!
With your $7 pledge, your name will be on our very special "BECAUSE OF YOU" page on www.fftob.com!
At FFTOB, we can bust out these wallets no problem. Pledge $27 for one of these babies. Each one is unique. Made from 100% retired bunker gear.
At FFTOB, we can bust out these wallets no problem. Pledge $27 for one of these babies. Each one is unique. Made from 100% retired bunker gear.
One of our most popular bags...the wine bag! This is a hit at any party and it's a home run gift!
One of our most popular bags...the wine bag! This is a hit at any party and it's a home run gift!
Ladies only! This purse is made especially for you. Every bag is unique PLUS comes with FREE personalization!
Ladies only! This purse is made especially for you. Every bag is unique PLUS comes with FREE personalization!
The Backpack is one of our most popular bags. No two are the same. Perfect for all ages, including kids! This one comes with FREE personalization!
The Backpack is one of our most popular bags. No two are the same. Perfect for all ages, including kids! This one comes with FREE personalization!
The Amazing Duffel is a super big bag that is durable and extremely eye catching! Also called our "Out of County" bag. Styles made exclusively for this Kickstarter.
The Amazing Duffel is a super big bag that is durable and extremely eye catching! Also called our "Out of County" bag. Styles made exclusively for this Kickstarter.

Want to give the GIFT OF PLEDGING this holiday? Here's a 1 min vid on that: 

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ABOUT ME

Hi, my name is Niki Rasor and in 2008, I invented Firefighter Turnout Bags, a whole line of different styles of bags and related products made out of retired firefighter bunker gear.

Initially, I just was creating fun bags for my friends and family, but things grew rapidly when I learned that these very special turnouts, worn for almost 10 years by a firefighter, were ending up in landfills. 

Realizing no one had tackled this problem, I became passionate about memorializing turnout gear because I knew it could become treasured as opposed to trashed.

Since then it's been an amazingly gratifying experience!!! 

I have made bags for all ages and all walks of life, had the honor of making bags for fallen firefighter's families, attracted a few celebrities for fundraisers and have even seen a few knock off companies pop up.

Here I was a housewife with 4 little kids making bags out of my garage in San Diego while my firefighter husband was working 24, 48 or 72 hour shifts and now I am literally overwhelmed with gratitude at being able to provide a service to my beloved fire community and the environment. 

Sites like Etsy and Kickstarter make the impossible possible for businesses like mine. Thank you ETSY for bringing so many amazing customers into my life over the years! Testimonials: 

Risks and challenges

The past 6 years have been all about mastering a treating and manufacturing process for retired turnouts, so fulfilling orders is my speciality. The biggest risk for me is shipping costs could be off for international orders. In that case, I may have to send out an invoice to cover the difference. If, in the event, this Kickstarter does super good and exceeds my goal, I will hire and train 3 more seamstresses and communicate with all of you via my amazing customer service team if delivery dates are delayed due to a wild success. One of the reasons I love what I do is because I have the most incredible customers who I put first and make every effort to get right back whether it's an email or a FB message. There is also a chance you will receive your bag BEFORE the estimated shipping month.

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    Pledge US$ 1 or more About US$ 1.00

    Our gratitude sent your way PLUS if you are pledging in someone's name, a digital card to give them this holiday! Every dollar counts.

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    For $7, we will put your name, business, website, station number or city on a very special BECAUSE OF YOU page on our website www.fftob.com! Pledge $7 in someone else's name for a fallen firefighter and we will honor them on this page in a special way.

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    Pledge US$ 27 or more About US$ 27

    A wallet from the FFTOB Collection. Made from 100% retired bunker gear, each wallet is unique and handcrafted by Niki Rasor. These little guys don't make a huge impact on reducing turnouts from the landfills (Niki adds her super talents to scraps laying around the warehouse to make them) but it's kinda cool to own a wallet made from bunker gear worn by a firefighter for only $27.

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    Our very popular wine sleeves! A great gift or a super way to make a statement at a party!

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    Two wine sleeves! Keep one. Give the other as a gift - obviously!

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    The Search & Rescue Purse for ladies. This comes with FREE PERSONALIZATION! When you back, we'll send you a form to fill in what name you'd like on your bag. You also get to choose your gear color!

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    Wallet PLUS Search and Rescue Purse (why get one and not the other? We ladies need to match it up!)

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    The Turnout Backpack for all ages. Also comes with FREE PERSONALIZATION. When you back, we'll send you a form to fill in what name you'd like on your bag.You also get to choose your gear color!

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    Pledge US$ 467 or more About US$ 467

    Limited Edition Duffel Bags!!! Also called our "Out of County Bag", this is used for a variety of purposes: for gear, for jet-setting, for sports bags. Also comes with FREE PERSONALIZATION! You'll receive a form to choose gear color and indicate what name you want on your bag.

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    Pledge US$ 887 or more About US$ 887

    The FFTOB Limited Edition Kickstarter Collection: Wallet, WineSleeve, Backpack, Search and Rescue Purse, Duffel. Wear your support for firefighters everywhere you go.

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