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Protecting the radio


By Mark van der Feyst

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 or 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.