We did a ton of business, had a ton of fun and took a ton of photos at the FDIC 2013 firefighter conference in Indianapolis, IN last week. Here’s some of the best after the break.
- Winner of the Husqvarna K970-14″ Fire Rescue Saw and 14″ Fire Rescue Safety Blade or Carbide Roof Ventilation Blade: Sr. Fire Capt. Clinton Powell of the Anchorage Fire Department in Alaska
- Winners of the 14″ Fire Rescue Safety Blade: Christie Van Zuyen of the Wright City Fire Protection District in Missouri and Lt. Kevin Schaefer of the Town of Turtle Fire Department in Wisconsin
Congratulations, Clinton, Christie and Kevin!
And if you didn’t win any of our FDIC 2013 raffles, you can still be a winner! Just use the code on your raffle ticket to receive discounts of up to 50% on Fire Rescue Safety Blades, Ductile Iron Ring Saw Safety Blades, Carbide Roof Ventilation Blades, Carbide Chunk Blades, Safety Blade Grinder/Cutters, Monster Concrete Combo Blades, Champion Concrete Asphalt Combo Blades and Concrete Ring Saw Blades on our website! Hurry! This discount expires on May 31!
Kevin Legacy, with our partners Brotherhood Instructors, LLC, has an article on getting and keeping power saws ready for calls over at Fire Engineering Magazine. His article includes how to set up and store saws on apparatus after the daily check-off and common blade and fuel problems. It’s worth a look.
Fire Engineering, Kevin Legacy, “Safe & Effective Power Saw Operation“
Remember, we’ll be at the FDIC 2013 firefighter conference in Indianapolis, IN today and tomorrow! Visit us in Booth 9550 at the Lucas Oil Stadium. See our press release or this ad on the FDIC 2013 website for details.
Mittendorf’s essay Rotary Saws and Chain Saws, portions of which appeared in his book Truck Company Operations, has been reprinted over at the County of Los Angeles Firefighters’ Association website. The essay is worth any firefighter’s time. It details the strengths and weaknesses of both rotary saws and chain saws, as well as saw safety and what to look for in a fire rescue chain saw. This is what we got out of it.
- Chain saws should be used for roof ventilation.
- Rotary saws should be used for everything else.
County of Los Angeles Firefighters’ Association, Chief John Mittendorf, “Rotary Saws and Chain Saws” (PDF)
When you grab your saw at a fire or a rescue, what kind of blade should be on your saw – diamond or carbide chunk? We’re partial to diamond blades (although we do sell carbide chunk blades, too), but you came here for answers, not our opinion. Luckily, Streetsmart Firefighter has them for you.
Streetsmart Firefighter tested a diamond blade against a carbide chunk blade (here called a “nugget blade”) on roofing materials and various metals, including chains. They even recorded their tests, so you can see the results for yourself. Their conclusions?
The diamond blade is great for almost all metal and masonry but not wood. The nugget blade is great for wood and thin metal (up to 3/16″) but not masonry.
We’d like to point out that Streetsmart Firefighter was using a competitor’s diamond blade and not the Fire Rescue Safety Blade during their tests (see this article on our blog for how our blade fares against the competition). However, we agree with Streetsmart Firefighter’s conclusions if you’re using a competing diamond blade. Keep your carbide chunk blades. Just make sure you use them for the right jobs.
Like we said, though, we are partial to diamond blades, so we’ll leave you with this Streetsmart Firefighter video from an article on cutting stucco.