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    Question Radio Inside Gear

    I was hoping to get some input about radios inside turnout coats that are on radio straps with mics.

    If your coat it completely closed up, how can you get to or even operate your radio's mic?

    Looking for some inout and techniques!

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    Then dont put the radio inside of your gear, put it in a radio pocket or anytype of pocket.
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    Originally posted by backdraft663
    Then dont put the radio inside of your gear, put it in a radio pocket or anytype of pocket.
    Not much use for a radio inside the pocket. Especially considering most coat manufacturers will custom place an exterior pocket wherever you want it.

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    I take the mic off the hook at the top of the strap when i put bunkers on then you can close up your coat and then the mic can hang out of the top and you can still use it. Also, for EMS calls I have a little clip on my pant loop where i clip the radio holer to so if i bend over i dont wack the PT in the head with the radio

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    Thanks Squad for answering the question I asked.

    Originally posted by Squad1LT
    I take the mic off the hook at the top of the strap when i put bunkers on then you can close up your coat and then the mic can hang out of the top and you can still use it. Also, for EMS calls I have a little clip on my pant loop where i clip the radio holer to so if i bend over i dont wack the PT in the head with the radio

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    Even with a speaker/mic it's tough to do here as we have to change frquencies often during an incident (dispatch channel, 911 channel and talk-around channel).

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    Seems easy enough to just clip it to the outside of the coat. I have a radio pocket on my left side (was about to type "breast pocket" ) where it sits quite comfortably. When wearing a BA, then I just clip it to the harness itself. My current radio does not have the corded mike, but when I do use a radio set up that way, the radio stays in my pocket and I wrap the cord around under my coat collar and clip it to the other side.
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    Our turnout coats are morning pride that have clips and a big velcro flap. I dont clip the bottom clip on the coat which leaves enough room i can get to my radio to change channels if i want and the velcro keeps the coat closed. I used to wrap the radio mic around my neck too before i had a strap. I just never liked having something wrapped around my neck like that and sometimes it comes off etc... I like the strap inside the coat the best, but to each his own.

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    the radio stays in my (breast) pocket and I wrap the cord around under my coat collar and clip it to the other side.
    This is the way we learned in RIT to wear them, so if you were , for example, trapped laying on one side and unable to get to your portable or shoulder mic, you still had the other side available to make communications with.
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    Another thing is that if the radio is inside your coat, it's impossible to activate the emergency button!

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    Originally posted by Squad1LT
    I take the mic off the hook at the top of the strap when i put bunkers on then you can close up your coat and then the mic can hang out of the top and you can still use it. Also, for EMS calls I have a little clip on my pant loop where i clip the radio holer to so if i bend over i dont wack the PT in the head with the radio
    Most of our FF's use the radio pockets on the outside of the gear. A couple do have the straps, and I think thats how they do it. I can find out for sure next shift (SUnday) and let you know.
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    Radio pocket on left/center outside of coat. microphone clips above that. It's out of the way of my SCBA straps, it's easy enough to open flap on pocket to switch channels, and in a pinch I can press the mic button to transmit with my cheek.
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    Wearing turnout coat, radio goes in the radio poket (upper left chest. I usually put the mic cord under the collar and around the back of my neck then clip it to the zipper flap on the front. This takes up the slack in the cord, prevents it from getting snagged, keeps the mic near my face, and prevents it from dropping.

    Without a turnout coat, clip it to my right waist and hook the mic somewhere.
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