Extrication Zone

RECIPROCATING SAWS AND AIR CHISELS

Issue 3 and Volume 159.

BY DAVE DALRYMPLE Continuing the discussion on cutting techniques in a previous article (Fire Engineering, January 2006), which covered cutting techniques and methodology involving power hydraulic tools, let’s now consider the reciprocating saw and the air chisel (photo 1). Although they’ve been around a while, recent improvements in the tools themselves and in blades and bits have enhanced their use and application in vehicle rescue applications. Adding these to your toolbox can enhance a victim’s outcome by facilitating multiple tool use on scene. RECIPROCATING SAW Photos 1, 3, 6, 8, and 12 by Denyel Cusimano. Click here to enlarge image The reciprocating saw, or recip saw, has been used extensively for vehicle rescue for decades, although its use may have waned at different times. Today’s recip saw has had a resurgence as a result the advent of cordless or battery-powered saws (photo 2). Originally, the battery-powered saw didn’t have the…

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