On Tuesday 9/6/16, Middlebush Volunteer Fire members actively took part in a drill on the power tools that we have on all of our apparatus and the uses for each of these tools. The range of tools varies from the more common sawsall, to multiple types of chainsaws (for roof cutting and timber cutting), our K12 Rescue Saw to our Paratech Air Chisel tool.
We started out the evening going over all of the tools to ensure everyone knew what each tool was and what it’s primary use was. From there, we had participants examine the tools, taking the blades off to see how it was all put together and then putting them back in working condition. We also examined the accessories to the tools … K12 blades for different purposes (rescue, metal, wood and masonry) as well as sawsall blades (primarily metal and wood) and then of course all of the different attachments for the Paratech tool.
At that point, it was time to get dirty … starting each tool and making sure it ran properly and that the components of the tool (spark plugs, choke, throttle) were working to ensure that it was in peak working order. All the saws started with no issues and the sawsall runs on rechargeable lithium batteries, so there were no issues there. The Paratech tool actually runs on compressed air and can be used with a small bottle that mounts on top of the chisel or one of our threaded Scott Pak bottles. There are multiple attachments for this tool so we went through the list of attachments and discussed the pressures appropriate for each attachment to the members (based on a provided list directly from Paratech).
All in all, it was an informative and fun training for the members to become more familiar with tools that are extremely important … but aren’t necessarily used every day. These tools can have a major impact in multiple fire scenarios from creating roof cuts with a chainsaw, to car hood cuts with a K-12 or sawsall, or even creating a hole in concrete or cinder block walls to get a piercing nozzle through to get water on the fire behind a wall. All of these tools are vital to a firefighter to get the job done! Hope you enjoyed the write up on the drill and this week we only have a few photos … but we promise more in the future :).