Extended Field-Bag (EFB)

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The Extended Field Bag sustains the volunteer out to 72 hours in temporary billets or encampment and should be prepared with the possibility that there may be no further supplies available within that period. The EFB is separated from the Go-Bag so that the kit a volunteer may need to carry into the field is as small and light as possible. The contents of the EFB will not be needed in the course of a normal workday and, given that the EFB shall be clearly marked and separated, the load-master can send them directly to wherever volunteers will be spending the night, whether that be temporary billets as guests in community homes, a field encampment, shelter, or other facility.

In the event that supplies such as clean water and hot meals are available, the contents of the EFB can be saved and replenished to extend the amount of time a volunteer can stay out without support. If we are to deploy for longer than 72-hours, the contents of the EFB will run low and unit-resupply must be in place before that time expires. The EFB must contain basic camp items such as cups and mess kit, toiletries and shave kit, etc., so that the volunteer can operate in the field outside 72 hours given steady supplies of clean water, food, hygenic supplies, and other consumables. In case potable water is not available or the supply is not reliable, the EFB shall contain minimal water treatment equipment (e.g. tablets or personal bacterial-grade filter).

Suggested Contents

  • spare uniform and extra socks
  • 2 l water and treatment (tablets or personal filter)
  • 2 1/2 days compact, preserved food
  • batteries for flashlight and radio
  • sharpening stone
  • bedroll/sleeping bag
  • compact Bible or prayer book
  • advanced time wasting device (playing cards)
  • phone charger or adapter
  • toiletry/grooming kit
  • boot kit
  • mess kit
  • can opener
  • fire starter
  • Deployment Manual
  • required medications
  • tent or shelter components (may be shared between members of your quad)

Supplies need to be inventoried, checked, and rotated on a regular basis (e.g. monthly).