Survival Story: Firefighters Brandon & Joey

Recently, Erika sent in this incredible Survival Story about her firefighter boyfriend and his partner while they were trying to control a house fire. They were in a quite an unpredictable situation and needed to escape fast. She wrote:

In July 2013, I purchased the wide Survival Bracelet with the stainless screw pin closure for my boyfriend’s birthday. Brandon is a firefighter with the Citizens Fire Department in Lock Haven, PA. Brandon is a former Fire Chief of the Bald Eagle Fire Company. He is currently a volunteer fireman at Citizens on his spare time and a part time driver with the department when needed. Brandon and I started dating 7 months ago, and I was and still am very clueless about the world of “firefighting.” When Brandon moved from Bald Eagle to Lock Haven with my children and me, he was very hesitant to join another company because he knew how demanding the firehouse is and how dangerous it can be. Knowing his passion and love for it, I gave him my full support to go and do what he loves and was born to do. Two months into being with the Citizens he has excelled from a volunteer firefighter to a paid driver as well as being a full time dispatcher with 911 and a part time dispatcher with Penn State University. He saves many lives day in and day out, and I’m forever thankful for the survival strap to have saved his life.


On October 12th, Brandon worked a 12 hour dispatcher shift on a busy home college football game and was waiting for me to also get off work.  He went to spend some time with the guys at the firehouse. Shortly after arriving they were dispatched to a house fire along with another company. Brandon and his partner, Joey, were upstairs of the two story house when they lost all radio transmission and water to their hoses. For 15 minutes they were trapped upstairs with the house engulfed in flames,  as the fire got hotter and was making its way up the stairs. They tried several alternate escapes without any success. As the fire got warmer Brando, said he thought to himself, “Erik, is going to kill me if something happens.” That’s when he felt his wrist getting warmer and remembered he had his survival bracelet on. He unraveled it and attached it to a bar and jammed it into the window jam and prayed that it held and jumped out the two story window with it, as did his partner. Brandon and Joey both made it, with minor bumps and bruises and aches and pains, but that’s far less than what could have happened if he hadn’t had that survival strap. Brandon is forever grateful that he had his bracelet and says that I saved two people’s lives that day just with that one gift that I came across online while shopping. I may have bought the bracelet, but if it wasn’t for the survival strap and its durability and great product I wouldn’t be on here telling you this Survival  Story. We are forever grateful for your product, and I plan on buying more of these and giving them to the other firefighters at the Citizens as Christmas gifts. It’s a small gesture but comes with a big reward, because someday it could save one of them as well when equipment fails. In the world of firefighting they say, “Let no man’s ghost return to say his training let him down.”

We are so glad that our gear played a part in saving these heroic firefighters while they were out protecting our country and citizens. We are so grateful for all that they have done and continue to do for our safety!

Do you have a Survival Story to tell? Don’t forget to let us know at stories@survivalstraps.com.

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Custom Healthcare Professionals Collection

Medical newsletter newThere are many fearless people that work in the healthcare industry, and now we added three new lines of products to honor those individuals even further. With three different dog tag options to choose from all featuring the familiar symbol of medicine, our new medical collection is perfect for all medical heroes. Purchase a Neck ID Lanyard to secure your badge, ID or other important items while on call, or wear a Survival Bracelet sporting one of these cool new logos. Made with military spec paracord, our durable accessories are made to withstand whatever conditions your occupation may subject you to and just might be unraveled to help you save someone’s life.
Purchase Survival Straps Medical Collection, here.

Survival Story: Survival Straps at Sea

Even on the most well-prepared of trips or adventures, unexpected events occur that can likely throw a wrench in your plans, which is why having 550 military spec paracord on hand is ideal. Peter learned this first-hand while on boat race with friends. He shared this exciting story with us:

“I was sailing in the Bermuda Race on my boat. The race was from Newport, Rhode Island to Bermuda. We were going into an overnight race, and we had stocked up on everything. We had a week’s worth of food and water. We had half a dozen sails or more and many yards of line. The race was 635 miles, and we hoped to sail that in 3 to 4 days. It was the second night when the seas got rough and the winds started to pick up. I believe it was about 2 am and out of nowhere there was a giant BOOM. The main sail’s halyard had snapped. I was half asleep on the rail when it happened and was suddenly smothered by a 100 pound sail. When I emerged from the cocoon of sail, I found the halyard at the mast flopping around. I needed a line or something fast. I realized that I had my Survival Straps Survival Bracelet on and decided to use that as the fixing line. So I cut an end and unraveled the band. All the while, we are going through 10 foot swells and 20-30 miles per hour wind. So, I spliced the two lines together and fixed the line with the military grade paracord. As a result, we got through the storm and the race; we finished in fourth place over all. What was amazing was the fact that when I took the sail down, the paracord was still tough and strong – even after having thousands of pounds of pressure on it for 50 hours straight!”Peter - BermudaWhat a view! Congrats on a successful trip, and we’re thrilled to have been a part of such a cool adventure.

Do you have a cool Survival Story to tell? Don’t forget to let us know! Email your stories and pictures to stories@survivalstraps.com,  follow us on Facebook and Twitter for more updates and Survival Stories, and check out the many other instances where our customers used their Survival Straps gear, here.

Survival Straps Christian Collection

Survival Straps® is excited to introduce a new feature with our Survival Bracelets™ and key fobs. Our Christian Collection comes interwoven with a beautiful stainless steel cross that adds a personal and unique display of your faith. Both charm and enclosure are made from the same incredibly strong material and are built to never rust, break or fade.

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Whether for yourself or as the perfect gift for an impossible-to-shop-for loved one, our new collection is sure to be something the entire family will love and wear daily. With several feet of durable military spec paracord at your disposal, you can combine style and utility wherever you go. Choose up to two different colors to fit your personal style and wear them with pride as Survival Straps stands for strength, honor, survival and the greatness of American production.

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Purchase your Survival Straps Christian Collection gear, here.

Survival Story: Survival Straps Headquarters

An emergency comes in all shapes and sizes, as we here at Survival Straps have learned by the many interesting and frankly mind-blowing stories we’ve received from our customers. We know that 550 military-issue parachute cord is handy in just about any situation, big or small. So, when a situation arose that we didn’t foresee, we were able to put our very own product into use!

Outside of our building, we raise an American flag each and every day. A few weeks ago, however, the ties broke, and we were left with no way to secure and proudly display Old Glory.

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Can you take a guess at what we used? 🙂

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Needless to say, the paracord worked perfectly and safely upheld our flag until a more permanent remedy could be established.

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Visit www.survivalstraps.com to find out more or share your very own Survival Story!

Survival Straps launches Vietnam Vet Gear!

Survival Straps Vietnam Vet 550 Paracord Survival Bracelet

Vietnam Veteran Survival Straps® gear is now available on our website. This line features Survival Bracelets, neck ID lanyards, key fobs, gear tags, and necklaces. All gear  is made in America from military spec paracord and a portion of all our proceeds goes to help support Wounded Warrior Project. We are thankful for all our military veterans and hope the ones that served in Vietnam like this new addition.

Survival Straps Vietnam Vet 550 Paracord Key Fob

Survival Straps Vietnam Vet 550 Paracord Wide Survival Bracelet Adjustable Stainless Clevis Shackle

Gear up for Hunting Season with Survival Straps®!

Survival Straps Hunting Season Opening 550 Paracord Gear

 

Hunting season is opening up all around the country. Don’t let your hunter go into the woods without their Survival Bracelet™! We have tons of color combinations, even camouflage, available for the outdoorsman. In fact, we have colors for everyone. Choose the black matte Nylon 6-6 shackle for an all-stealth look (and no reflection!). Visit our custom colors page today to design a Survival Bracelet™ of your very own. All gear is made in America and a portion of the proceeds  supports America’s heroes! Thank you for your support!