New tool for fire department
March 29, 2013
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.