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.

Remembering Prescott Fire Department’s 19

On June 30, 2013, nineteen of the twenty members of the Granite Mountain Hot Shots of the Prescott, Arizona Fire Department were lost in the line of duty fighting a wildfire on Yarnell Hill. They left behind family, friends, and a community who will forever remember and celebrate their unselfish dedication. They sacrificed their lives to ensure the safety of ours. This Support Page is dedicated to those brave firefighters to show our appreciation and commemoration of their incredible sacrifice.

Prescott products resizedThe 19 displayed in the logos represents the 19 fallen firefighters. Purchase your Prescott Fire Department Survival Straps® gear to rally behind this community and remind them that their sacrifice will never be forgotten.

regular125% of the sales price of the products on this Support Page will go to the Prescott Firefighter’s Charities a fund to aid the immediate families of these fallen heroes. Click here to visit this support page and purchase Prescott Fire Department Survival Straps gear.

This support page was set up at the request of Asylum PR. Headquartered in Chandler, Asylum PR team members enjoy spending time in the national forests camping and hiking near Prescott, Arizona. After hearing the sad news about the Granite Mountain Hot Shot team we wanted to find a way that we could help give back to the 19 families who lost loved ones in the Yarnell fire. Thank you so much for your support.

Texas Tough

Texas ToughOn April 17, 2013, West Texas was rocked by an explosion that occurred at a large fertilizer plant, killing fourteen people, wounding hundreds and causing irreparable damage to the surrounding area. This shaken city needs our help now more than ever to help rebuild and provide comfort and assistance to the victims’ families and friends. This support page is dedicated to the incredibly tough people of Texas to show our support and help with their relief efforts.

texas-tough-key-fob-3-black25% of the sales price will be split between two funds established to alleviate the financial and emotional burden this disaster has tolled. The Waco Foundation West, Texas Disaster Relief Efforts Fund aids in the renovation of the area and provision of the victims’ families who are now in the process of grieving, and the Texas Fire and EMS Fallen Hero Fund hosted by the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation provides emotional assistance and monetary relief to the families who lost loved ones. These incredibly brave men and women fought to curb the fire and were lost in the line of duty when the explosion occurred and while arriving on the scene as first responders.

texas-tough-regular-bracelet-1-r-patriotPurchase your Survival Straps® Texas Tough gear to support the people of West, Texas and to show your pride for the great state of Texas.