100 Mile House Fire Rescue has already put their newest extraction tool to the test.
The Department used their new battery powered combination tool used for removing the roof and doors of vehicles in the first week they had it
“It gives us time and we’re talking seconds and minutes, and of course in an emergency that’s what we’re up against all the time,” says Fire Chief Roger Hollander.
The new tool is capable of removing the roof and doors on one battery charge.
Until recently such equipment has been hydraulically powered.
“All auto extrication tools are powered by hydraulic hoses and pumps which is standard in the industry,” said Hollander.
“We’ve now taken one of our existing “combi tools” that used to require a pump and hose connection and turned it into a battery version requiring neither of those.”