Stretcher Saw Strap

Lieutenant Matthew Aman from Ridge Culver (NY) Fire District sent in this photo of a homemade saw strap they have on their truck company. They simply took a stretcher strap and girth hitched it to the saw. This places the buckle at mid-chest for quick release and adjustment purposes. They added a knot in the webbing to prevent it from possibly slipping through the buckle.

stretchersawstrap

It’s worth mentioning that one modification that could be made to this set-up would be to possibly attach the strap to the saw via carabineers. This would allow the strap to be quickly removed in those situations where the strap is not desired. There are a number of different methods you can use to place a strap on a saw. Some people like them, some do not. Either way, train with carrying, climbing, and using your saw and figure out what works best for you.

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  1. AB Turenne January 5th, 2017 8:51 pm

    It’s a great way to purpose this piece of simple EMS equipment for the Fire side of emergency response. Not the only way to make a strap, but another option of creating a strap. While I’m. It a fan of straps on saws,…this allows for you to 1. Carry additional tools to the scene 2. Provides three (3) points of contact when working on a ladder 3. Is large enough to be able to don while wearing gear (some supplied straps from the manufacturer are small in nature) and 4. The buckle function makes for an effective and efficient way to swiftly remove the saw and put it into play. Nice work Lt,…thanks for sharing it.

  2. Matt Aman January 7th, 2017 7:50 pm

    Thank you AB. This strap works great for us since it is heavy duty and large. It is easy to throw over your shoulders when wearing an SCBA and easy to take off by pressing the release button. A little company pride, hard work and hanging out with your guys pays off. -Matt Aman

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