EMTs and Paramedics with radio straps

Tnaemt94

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Most EMTs and medics in my county's EMS department use radio straps. I thought about getting one too. Are they beneficial or are they more of a hassle?
 

TransportJockey

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I love mine. But I'm the only medic in my system with one. Ask to borrow someone's for a shift and make up your mind that way

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NomadicMedic

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Love mine. I am also the only medic in my system using one.
 

gotbeerz001

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A lot of people wear them in my system; most are trying to go fire. I wear mine while working Fire* but not when on the ambulance; stripped down and in my pocket keeps it out of my way.

(I am FT Fire and PT transporting medic)


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Bullets

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Many of my coworkers use them as do I. I love it. But we also do rescue so it's easy with the turnouts compared to a belt.
 

COmedic17

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There's a few medics in my system that use radio purses (that is what they look like, so that is what I call them).

I think it's more the placement of where they clip it to their shirt, but they seem to get a lot of open mic's...which is sometimes entertaining for me, not so much for them.
 

CANMAN

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We are dual role where I work part-time, radio strap goes under the turnout jacket for fire, and still gets worn for EMS calls. I don't like things hanging off my shirt, and find that the strap positions the lapel mic perfectly for speaking. I also have the short extension so the strap doesn't swing all over the place. Much better then trying to tuck it in a pocket and have it fall out, or have to constantly pull it out to us it, allows for quick and easy radio transmissions when needed.
 

gotbeerz001

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There's a few medics in my system that use radio purses (that is what they look like, so that is what I call them).

I think it's more the placement of where they clip it to their shirt, but they seem to get a lot of open mic's...which is sometimes entertaining for me, not so much for them.
So they have the "purse" and still clip to their shirt?


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TransportJockey

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So they have the "purse" and still clip to their shirt?


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That doesn't make sense. My mic is clipped to my strap itself
 

NomadicMedic

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I have a radio strap with a mic attached. (My service doesn't use mics, so I have my own.) I can't stand clipping the radio on that goofy 5.11 strap or shoving it in my pocket. I find a radio strap works great for me. Frankly, I don't care what anyone else thinks or says. :)

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COmedic17

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So they have the "purse" and still clip to their shirt?


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They clip it to either the front of their strap, or to the button up front of their shirt.
 

medichopeful

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Never wore one consistently. I'm not even sure if I've ever tried one out while working. I just put the radio on my belt on my left hip and just left it there most of the day. If I had a should mic, that would either go around my back and onto my chest or just straight up to my shoulder, depending on how I felt. No point in carrying extra stuff!
 

AtlasFlyer

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Love my radio strap. Without it I find myself dropping or sitting on it. Also, when I go to the bathroom I can take it off and hang it on a hook instead of having to try to find somewhere not-icky to set it down. The second strap to fasten it to a belt loop/hook is essential. Love my radio strap.

(Auto correct put "someone" in place of "somewhere" there.. that was amusing.)
 

Aprz

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I used a radio strap for a short while, but it just wasn't for me. It looked cool, but I felt like it was a big inconvenience for something pretty much cosmetic.
 

DesertMedic66

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Radio just goes on my belt. I've only seen 1-2 people at my company wear the radio strap. Its just something that I have never needed. Radio gets clipped to my belt on the right side. I am still able to sit down without it getting in the way.
 

CALEMT

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I actually have one at home. I used it when I was a seasonal firefighter. It came in handy because we used Bendix Kings that had no belt clip, plus its a bulky radio to put in your back pocket. At my current ambulance gig I don't use it, theres really no need to. Yeah I don't like having things on my belt, but its just the radio with no speaker mic. Plus our radios have belt clips on them, it'd be a different story if it didn't have a belt clip.
 

k9Dog

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It's sort of a fire suppression thing.. I felt weird wearing one as a paramedic for a private company. Anyways, I didn't like it. At times I felt like it looked cool, but to be honest it was kind of a hassle, when you sit down you have to keep taking it off and hanging it up.


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