Fire Rescue Safety Blades were at the scene of a March 12, 2011 tour bus crash on the New England Thruway in New York City, which killed 15 people. The tour bus collided with a signpost that almost sliced the bus in half lengthwise and blocked access to its doors – keeping rescue workers out and survivors, many of them injured, in.
Luckily for the survivors, the New York Fire Department’s Squad 61 came to their rescue. One of the tools that they used during the extrication was the 12″ Fire Rescue Safety Blade. These photos, courtesy of Squad 61, document the rescue’s aftermath.
A closeup on the cut in the tour bus’s roof made by Squad 61. The Fire Rescue Safety Blade had to cut through a variety of materials – including aluminum, sheet metal, plastic and steel – before firefighters could rescue the survivors. It cut through all of them without any problems!
One last photo, showing the bus’s inside through the cut made by Squad 61. As you can see, this was a bad crash. We’re just glad that the Fire Rescue Safety Blade could help to keep a bad incident from getting worse.