Holding 1&1: Radio Clips

 

Interesting little fact from the Engine

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We have heard the argument over and over. Radio “purse”, coat pocket, under the coat or over the coat? If you do choose the leather strap did you know there is a feature on this simple tool which may save your life?

One of the major arguments against the radio strap is the fear of entanglement. All of the commercially available straps that I have seen are built with those little brass clips on each end. Those clips have a purpose.

In case of entanglement you should be able to operate those clips with a gloved hand allowing you to drop the radio. You can pull the mic cord out from under your gear or if absolutely needed use your wire cutters (you have wire cutters right?) to cut the cable.

Check with your “radio guys” to see how that may affect the operation of your radio as you continue to seek your way out.

I often find portables and their cords set up on a variety of ways. The key is for you to understand your set up and how to get yourself out of a jam. In photos 1 and 2 the mic cord is run thru the clips in order to reposition the location of the cord. If you do this you will likely need to disconnect both clips to drop the radio.

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I carry mine as show in photo 3 with the cord free of the clips. I only need to release one clip and pull the strap thru.

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It is important to know as much as we can about our equipment. If this is nothing new to you, I’m sure that a simple poll in the station will reveal someone who didn’t.

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-The Engine

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Ron Ayotte
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Another excellent article by Lt. McCormack!
2014-09-18 21:59:17
Bill Carey
Wanted: Honest Discernment in Our Fire Service Discussions
Thank you Shawn.
2014-09-09 10:58:45
Bill Carey
Wanted: Honest Discernment in Our Fire Service Discussions
Thank you Trey. It would be valuable for all of us to do a follow-up later or a look at one of your trainings and how departments are applying the new research and testing the new tactics for themselves. Bill
2014-09-09 10:58:32
Shawn Royall
Wanted: Honest Discernment in Our Fire Service Discussions
Bill, Thanks for saying exactly what many of us want to but don't have an outlet for.
2014-09-09 03:30:10
Trey Smith
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Bill, thank you for your feedback. I would invite you to contact me to learn more about FPM.
2014-09-08 22:20:52
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