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New rescue tool for fire trucks

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31 May 2017
Hoon cars will help save lives thanks to a partnership between MFB and Victoria Police.

Over the next few months all MFB fire trucks will be equipped with a new forcible entry tool to assist firefighters during delicate rescue operations.

The Holmatro forcible entry tool allows first responding crews to quickly and efficiently cut through car bonnets and boots, fortified doors, windows and roller doors, making it an invaluable piece of equipment in an emergency incident.

Up until now, specialist rescue appliances carried a heavy duty version to incidents such as car collisions where occupants were trapped.

The new lightweight tool, with a cutting force of 20.8 tonnes, will be fitted to every primary appliance, including pumpers and pumper tankers over the next six months.

Victoria Police has generously donated 350 impounded vehicles – one for every four firefighters -  to MFB over time to help train firefighters in using the new tool.

Training commenced at the Victoria Police impound yard this morning.

The new tool is among a suite of cutting edge equipment being rolled out from this month to ensure firefighters have the latest in modern firefighting and rescue gear.

Other items include a specialised Breathing Apparatus mask spectacle frame for firefighters who wear prescription glasses and remote area lighting to provide light at locations where power is not available.

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