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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Ron Ayotte
What is Experience?
Excelent post. Evey day of duty and every run should be a learning experience. Far too many firefighters just look at the duty tour and incident as what I like to call "the shampoo mode"... wet hair, apply shapoo, lather, rinse and repeat".. Our version is put on the gear, get on the truck, go…
2014-10-31 14:23:15
Bill Carey
What is Experience?
You're correct Ed. What did we do with that experience? Did we take as many lessons from it as we could or did we simply file it away as a run in the logbook. Thank you, Bill
2014-10-30 12:55:18
Ed
What is Experience?
Excellent post. The same question may be framed for other than working on the nozzle (e.g., if delivering pump operator training). In addition, even if you went to a lot of fires on the nozzle or as the first in company officer, what did you do with that experience? Reflection and integration of the experience…
2014-10-30 12:37:50
Bill Carey
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Thank you Ed.
2014-10-22 14:26:50
Ed Hartin
Wanted: Honest Discernment in Our Fire Service Discussions
Excellent article Bill!
2014-10-14 12:47:14
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