• Photo by Rachel Larue
Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall fire department personnel take part in a March 20 training behind the JBM-HH fire house to learn how to safely use new equipment.

    New tool for fire department

    Photo by Rachel Larue Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall fire department personnel take part in a March 20 training behind the JBM-HH fire house to learn how to safely use new equipment.

  • Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall fire department personnel take part in a March 20 training behind the JBM-HH fire house to learn how to safely use new equipment.  (Photo by Rachel Larue)

    New tool for fire department

    Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall fire department personnel take part in a March 20 training behind the JBM-HH fire house to learn how to safely use new equipment. (Photo by Rachel Larue)

  • Firefighter Jonathan Nordstrom, from the Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall fire department, tries one of the tools during a training March 20.  (Photo by Rachel Larue)

    New tool for fire department

    Firefighter Jonathan Nordstrom, from the Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall fire department, tries one of the tools during a training March 20. (Photo by Rachel Larue)

JOINT BASE MYER-HENDERSON HALL, Va. - Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall Fire Department personnel trained using a new tool March 20 behind the fire station.

The tool, which weighs under 45 pounds, is a combination tool that is able to cut, bend or rip steel depending on what is needed for the situation.

"This unit is battery operated and everything is self-contained versus the traditional equipment that we have, which has a couple of components to it: hoses, power unit and the tool itself," said Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall Fire Chief Russell Miller, Jr. "So, it's all self-contained, and you just bring the tool instead of bringing the power unit, the hoses, and whatever tool we would have used."

The personnel used the combination tool, along with other tools, to quickly dismantle two cars during the training.

"At this point we have had a very positive response with the [combination tool], the battery power units," said Miller.

The battery pack fits into the combination tool, much like a battery pack would fit into a cordless drill. But, it also has the ability to plug into a power supply using an attachment.

The combination tool will be on the crash truck at the Pentagon's helipad.

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