With the introduction of high strength metal alloys and composite materials into vehicles, we have found that current rescue tools do not have the ability to cut, shear or bend these materials. The Fire Protection Research Foundation have task together a group to gather information regarding the issues being faced by fire and rescue personnel in the field. 1) Identify extrication scenarios where rescuers have faced high stength metal alloys and composite materials resulting in problems of cutting, shearing and bending using rescue tools. 2) Assess high strength metal alloys currently being used in vehicle manufacturing and future use in vehicles. 3) Develop a field inventory of powered rescue tools in use today according to their age and capabilities. This will include air chisels, reciprocating/sawzalls, spreaders, O-cutters amd rams.
Please forward your comments, scenarios and information on your rescue tools (age of tool, operational ratings and type of tool).
Thank you for participating and providing this information. Be Safe!
Lewis R. Austin, Chairman
NFPA 1936 Standard on Powered Rescue Tools