Lewis R. Austin
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  • Henderson, NV
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Oct 12, 2013
Donna Stewart replied to Lewis R. Austin's discussion Ability of current Rescue Tools to Cut, Shear and Bend High Strength Metal Alloys and Composite Materials in the group Vehicle Extrication & Rescue
"Just got Genesis at our department. Everyone loves them and the dealer we went through worked with us to get them to a price we could afford.  "
Sep 29, 2011
Ben Waller replied to Lewis R. Austin's discussion Ability of current Rescue Tools to Cut, Shear and Bend High Strength Metal Alloys and Composite Materials in the group Vehicle Extrication & Rescue
""Official report", dunno. Personally-witnessed hydraulic hose failures - many. Anectodal reports of hydraulic hose failures - many. Manufacturers that replace failed hoses - many. Anything manmade can fail. The trick is to figure out…"
Aug 20, 2011
lutan1 replied to Lewis R. Austin's discussion Ability of current Rescue Tools to Cut, Shear and Bend High Strength Metal Alloys and Composite Materials in the group Vehicle Extrication & Rescue
"It was an older Hurst cutter, not sure of the model. So not new technology tools? No wonder it couldn't do it...."
Aug 18, 2011
lutan1 replied to Lewis R. Austin's discussion Ability of current Rescue Tools to Cut, Shear and Bend High Strength Metal Alloys and Composite Materials in the group Vehicle Extrication & Rescue
"That completely eliminates the possibility of inspecting the side of the hose loop with the highest pressure and the highest probability of failure during use. Out of interest Ben, good point, but I haven't heard of any failures of hoses. Is…"
Aug 18, 2011
Ben Waller replied to Lewis R. Austin's discussion Ability of current Rescue Tools to Cut, Shear and Bend High Strength Metal Alloys and Composite Materials in the group Vehicle Extrication & Rescue
"Byron, You're touting a sales pitch, not that "true and complete evaluation" that you talked about earlier. Who sells a lot of tools is based on a sales pitch, period. Anyone that asks me to buy tools based on popularity is in fact,…"
Jul 5, 2011
Desert Diamond Industries replied to Lewis R. Austin's discussion Ability of current Rescue Tools to Cut, Shear and Bend High Strength Metal Alloys and Composite Materials in the group Vehicle Extrication & Rescue
"Departments with handheld saws should look at the Safety Blade. It's been tested on car doors, bulletproof glass, hockey puck locks and security gates, and it cuts like a champ on each. The New York Fire Department's Squad 61 used a…"
Jul 1, 2011
Byron Willems replied to Lewis R. Austin's discussion Ability of current Rescue Tools to Cut, Shear and Bend High Strength Metal Alloys and Composite Materials in the group Vehicle Extrication & Rescue
"Very Little experience with hydraulic hose - just 28 years. If you did your homework? Why is Holmatro the number 1 selling tool on the planet? There not the cheapest! In fact they are the most expensive. Bargain-NO Quality/Value-YES facts don't…"
Jun 30, 2011
Ben Waller replied to Lewis R. Austin's discussion Ability of current Rescue Tools to Cut, Shear and Bend High Strength Metal Alloys and Composite Materials in the group Vehicle Extrication & Rescue
"You apparently have very little experience with hydraulic rescue tool hoses. They can fail from repeated wear in the fibers in the hose wrap, they can fail from bends at the coupling swaging, they can fail from materials defects, and they can fail…"
May 27, 2011
Byron Willems replied to Lewis R. Austin's discussion Ability of current Rescue Tools to Cut, Shear and Bend High Strength Metal Alloys and Composite Materials in the group Vehicle Extrication & Rescue
"If the Holmatro High pressure line were to break it would break in-side the low pressure line - preventing anybody from being hurt. If you want to inspect it you can simply remove the coupling and take out the high pressure line. But if you have no…"
May 22, 2011
Ben Waller replied to Lewis R. Austin's discussion Ability of current Rescue Tools to Cut, Shear and Bend High Strength Metal Alloys and Composite Materials in the group Vehicle Extrication & Rescue
"We looked at the Holmatro CORE system but eliminated it as an option early in the selection process. The problem is that the CORE system still has two hoses - Holmatro just buries the power hose inside the larger-diameter return hose. That…"
May 21, 2011
BJ Carlson replied to Lewis R. Austin's discussion Ability of current Rescue Tools to Cut, Shear and Bend High Strength Metal Alloys and Composite Materials in the group Vehicle Extrication & Rescue
"Has any one used the New Halmatro tools with CORE technology? Played with it a bit but have got to try it on any high strenght stuff. The Cutters are rated at 205,000 psi so i would think it would be cable of it. We run the older version on Halmatro…"
May 18, 2011
Lewis R. Austin left a comment for Charles Perkins
"Send me e-mail with your new address..."
May 16, 2011
Lewis R. Austin replied to Lewis R. Austin's discussion Ability of current Rescue Tools to Cut, Shear and Bend High Strength Metal Alloys and Composite Materials in the group Vehicle Extrication & Rescue
"Thank you for your comments. Yes, we in the fire and rescue are being faced with new challanges and need to look outside the box until tools are updated and new techniques are developed. Be safe!"
May 16, 2011
Russ Marks replied to Lewis R. Austin's discussion Ability of current Rescue Tools to Cut, Shear and Bend High Strength Metal Alloys and Composite Materials in the group Vehicle Extrication & Rescue
"It was an older Hurst cutter, not sure of the model. I will have another chance in the next month, this time we will be using our new model Hurst cutter and I will let you know how it goes."
May 14, 2011
Ben Waller replied to Lewis R. Austin's discussion Ability of current Rescue Tools to Cut, Shear and Bend High Strength Metal Alloys and Composite Materials in the group Vehicle Extrication & Rescue
"What tools wouldn't cut the 2011 Honda A-post? Brand? Model number?"
May 8, 2011

Profile Information

What State do you live in?
NV
Type of Organization
Trade or Professional Organization
Job Function
Fire Marshal/Inspector
Years in Fire/EMS:
35 years
Primary Fire/EMS Department:
Diamond Resorts International-Chief Fire and Safety Inspector
Years With Department/Agency
5 years
Other Past or Current Departments and Organizations
Past Fire Chief Concord Township, Elkhart, Indiana
Past Fire Chief Champion Township, Warren, Ohio
Past Fire Chief Scott Township, Evansville, Indiana
Past Asst. Fire Chief, Winona, Minnesota
Past Fire Prevention Specialist, Vineland, New Jersey
Past Firefighter/Driver, Marmora, New Jersey
My Training:
Firefighter 2, EMT-B, Fire Officer, Fire Inspector 2, Fire Instructor 2/3, Haz. Mat Operations, Fire Investigator, ICS 100, 200, 300, 400, 700 and 800, Fire Protection Specialist, High-Angle, Confined Space, Cold Water rescue, EVOC, Safety Officer and Driver Operator.
About Me:
Devoted to the fire and rescue service. Involved in firefighter training for many years and have trained hundreds of firefighters. Many of these firefighters have gone onto become Chief Officer's. Been very satisfying to have been a part in so many firefighter's careers.
Day Job:
Corporate Chief Fire and Life Safety Inspector
Relationship Status:
Married
Why I Joined Fire/EMS
3rd generation firefighter. Devoted to help my community, to serve those in need, to assist others during disasters and emergencies.
Why I Love Fire/EMS
Grew up in the family of firefighters.
Top Issues Facing Responders:
Staying safe with the new lightweight construction, faster developing intense fires, accountability, retention in the fire service, education for promotion and college degree programs.

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At 8:09am on May 19, 2009, Leo Cartwright said…
Hi there Lewis; I’m Leo from Australia, Paramedic; Welcome to FFN hope U enjoy the site and gather many friends during your stay. If you read my profile and think that I am suited; please feel free to add me to your collection of FFN friends.
Cheers Leo
At 2:26am on May 16, 2009, Fireyladd - Chief Sharp said…
Lewis, welcome to the FF Nation. I am glad you dropped in to join the group. Dont be shy. There is lots to do, read and be involved with. Your participation and involvement is important to us all. Takes a bit to kinda figure it all out but you will be glad you did. Have fun and look around.


Chief William Sharp
Southern Oregon Coast
 
 
 

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