Tools Speed Opening Up

Issue 3 and Volume 124.

Tools Speed Opening Up Variety of saws and hammers requires observance of safety rules Opening up, whether for rescue, ventilation, entry or any other reason, is often a laborious, time-consuming fire fighting operation. As a result, the fire service has been acquiring electric and gasoline-powered tools. But to take full advantage of these tools, fire fighters must be trained to operate them at peak efficiency and with full consideration of safety. The rescue saw is typical of the power tools that can do a tremendous amount of work in a short time when used properly. With a cutting blade of 12 or 14-inch diameter whirling at about 6000 rpm, this is a saw that demands respect—for both the work it can do and the need for observing safety rules. A common mistake in using a rotary rescue saw is the failure to maintain normal blade speed. You should allow the…

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