Our partners at Brotherhood Instructors, LLC have trained firefighters throughout the United States and Canada in forcible entry and other firefighting skills since 2006. They won’t use any other blade in their forcible entry classes besides the Fire Rescue Safety Blade.
Here’s what they had to say about the Fire Rescue Safety Blade:
I recently had a chance to test the blade you sent us. Although I had been a skeptic when it comes to these blades for fire service application I was quite impressed. The first and most important thing I liked was the one piece construction. This means that there is almost no chance of injury due to segment loss. The blade is also very forgiving to users not as experienced as others. There is less kickback, and due to the width of the cutting surface, and abrasive surface on the side of the blade, there is a lot less binding when the saw is twisted during operation. There is also a lot less blade walk when cutting hardened steel such as locks and locking devices. The versatility of the blade is also a plus for fire service application. Having the ability to cut both concrete and steel reduces the amount of saws needed on fire apparatus. When used properly the cutting speed is comparable to composite blades. Due to the solid construction there seems to be less user fatigue because you are not compensating for a reduction in blade size when cutting. In my opinion this blade is a safe, reliable and versatile cutting tool that is a great asset to any fire department, forcible entry arsenal.
An honest account of how we feel your product will work out in the field; I feel that you have a great product that will be an asset to the fire service… I like your product, and having tested just about every diamond blade introduced to the fire service, yours is the only one we have agreed to give a testimonial. Please give me a call with any questions.
But they weren’t done with us. We received the following update from them on March 6, 2010:
I just wanted to say a couple more things about the Vacuum Braised (sic) Safety Blade. I have been using it since September of 09 and it is still going strong. We have it on a Partner 950 saw and it really cuts great. We have had hundreds of students use the blade cutting mostly steel and it is still cutting. I also like the fact that hardly any sparks come from the blade when cutting steel. In some instances we have burnt holes in firefighting gear with sparks from the aluminum oxide blades. I also like the fact there is no aluminum oxide dust to worry about. No dust, hardly any sparks and the fact it is one piece construction make this the safest blade I have ever used. We use this blade a lot more than most fire departments would ever use so it is very cost effective compared to the abrasive disks. If matched with higher power saw (sic) such as the partner (sic) 950 this could be the last forcible entry blade some fire departments would ever have to buy. We have a full class schedule this year and I will give you more feedback as I get it. Thanks for producing a great product.
(again, emphasis ours)
As you can imagine, we here at Desert Diamond Industries were pretty happy to hear rave reviews like that.
The Fire Rescue Safety Blade is made of solid steel and without welds (up to 14″). That means that it won’t shatter like abrasive blades or lose segments like welded blades, keeping the saw operator – and, incidentally, Brotherhood Instructors’ students – safe. Combined with a thick vacuum-brazed diamond coat (up to 85 percent concentration), the Fire Rescue Safety Blade cuts faster and lasts longer than abrasives and is more versatile than welded blades.
Anything that makes a firefighter’s job easier, increases his safety and reduces his stress is good by us. We’re just glad that our Fire Rescue Safety Blade can do all three for our bravest.
For more feedback from our customers about Desert Diamond Industries’ diamond blades and grinders, visit our testimonials page.