Have you thought how important radio is to a firefighter and how to protect it
Providing a portable radio to each crew member entering a building may seem like a pretty basic requirement in this day and age. However, firefighters who enter a building without portable radios are out of touch with what else is occurring on the fireground. They cannot hear radio reports that may warn them that other crews have encountered dangerous conditions. They cannot heat that occupants, for whom they are searching. have been accounted for, or that indicate that fire conditions have changed. Most importantly, they cannot receive orders from the IC, including an order to withdraw.
The portable radio has become so fundamental to our operations that many departments have taken the approach of issuing a portable radio to all on-duty members, not just to company officers. Some firefighters carry radios in their jacket chest pocket. Some carry it in a pocket on the sleeve. Officers often hold the radio in their hand the entire time as a way to force them to maintain a position behind the crew to direct and supervise.
Regardless of where the radio is carried, it needs to be protected from extreme heat. The radio is resistant to normal wear but is not designed for extreme heat. Bunker gear can protect the radio.
Carrying the radio under the gear using a radio strap like this Boston Leather Radio Strap or in the inside pocket, will provide more thermal protection. The radio mic can be threaded through the space between the collar and the zipper area. If the radio has no mic, it will have to be kept in an external pocket.
Also, it is good for the firefighter to go through Personal Protective Equipment training to know how to use and protect all the protective equipment one owns. Fire & Safety Company can assess your workplace, help you write a plan and train your employees in the proper use of Personal Protective Equipment. Call today for more information.