Leadership

Latch Straps Keep Self-Locking Doors Open, Mark Search Areas

Issue 11 and Volume 127.

Latch Straps Keep Self-Locking Doors Open, Mark Search Areas The latch strap is designed to restrain a door latch so that the door will not relock when it is closed. This strap is especially useful in buildings which have mostly self-closing, selflocking doors. This type of door closure is used for main entrance and other entry doors, storage room doors, and stairwell doors which, for security reasons, can be unlocked only from the hallway. Battalion Captain Robert McLeod of the Sarasota, Fla., Fire Department mentioned this idea during his search and rescue presentation at the fire fighters breathing apparatus specialist school conducted in October 1973 by the Fire Service Extension Department at the University of Maryland. After this program, members of Station 16 of the Silver Spring, Md., Fire Department tried to design a strap that would have a variety of uses besides keeping a door from relocking. After considerable…

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