Fire EMS, Technical Rescue

You Got Your Hand Stuck in What? Machinery Rescue Tool Kit Essentials

Issue 2 and Volume 172.

By Andrew Brassard “How did they get stuck in that?” In my entire firefighting career, I have asked this question often. I am still amazed by the objects in which hands, fingers, toes, feet, and other appendages become entrapped, requiring firefighters to delicately remove the objects with saws or other specialized tools. Whether we respond to assist the local hospital staff or someone in need walks into our fire station, we may have to remove anything from rings to a children’s toy. Preparing for such extrications requires that fire departments have the proper tools and equipment prior to such an incident. Many departments have a specialized tool kit or a machinery rescue kit on their apparatus that is dedicated to these more delicate and detailed rescue operations. (1) Photos by Chris Burke. Machinery Rescue Kit Essentials You can carry the machinery rescue kit in a sturdy hard plastic tool case…

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