DHS S&T to Present New Controlled Impact Rescue Tools to Fairfax County (VA) USAR

WASHINGTON – The Department of Homeland Security’s Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) will demonstrate and formally transfer the new S&T-funded Controlled Impact Rescue Tool (CIRT) to first responders in Fairfax County, Virginia, who assist in operations around the world.

On Wednesday, November 9th at 1:00 PM EST, S&T will host a media availability, demonstration, and formal transition of the Controlled Impact Rescue Tool (CIRT) to Fairfax County, Virginia Task Force 1 at Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Academy at 4600 West Ox Road Fairfax, Virginia.

CIRT is a new concrete breaching tool that is capable of penetrating a reinforced concrete wall up to four times faster than traditional methods which require drilling, chipping, or sawing to reach survivors trapped under collapsed concrete caused by natural disasters and other threats.

In development since 2007, this 38-inch long, 105-pound tool was developed in partnership with industry partners, and is now commercially available and listed on the General Services Administration (GSA) schedule of approved equipment.

For more information call (703) 631-8121.

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