Kevin Legacy, co-owner of firefighter trainers and our partners Brotherhood Instructors, LLC, sent us a review of the Fire Rescue Safety Blade yesterday. It was so good that we decided to reproduce a lightly-edited version here:
Since September of 2009, Brotherhood Instructors, LLC has been using the (Fire Rescue Safety Blade) on our power saws. Working in the fire service and in construction throughout the years, myself and the staff of 50+ instructors employed with us at (Brotherhood Instructors) have had the opportunity to use many different types of power saw blades, whether it is teaching a student to use a power saw for the first time or responding to an emergency on the fire apparatus. It gives me great peace of mind knowing the Safety Blade is on the equipment myself and my students will be using.
As a co-owner of Brotherhood Instructors, our number one concern is the safety of the fire service and law enforcement professionals who work for and attend classes with our training company. I have seen abrasive blades have catastrophic failures causing injury to rescue personnel and civilians. I have witnessed shrapnel flying off a segmented diamond blade. I am proud to say that since we have been using the Desert Diamond Safety Blade on our power saws, there have been no injuries to staff or students due to a blade failure. During fire and rescue operations, power saws are used in situations that they were not primarily designed for. We pass on techniques that prepare our students for many different situations where a power saw may be used to affect a rescue or gain access to a fire or emergency. As with any type of hands-on training, we do have accidents when using the power saws. Saws being dropped or twisted while cutting and pieces of locks or material stuck in the blade guard are amongst the mishaps we have experienced, none of which have caused the one-piece, ruggedly designed Safety Blade to fail. The statement “Your Safety… Our Priority!!” that Desert Diamond uses has proven itself time and time again during our classes.
The way the blade is constructed also makes it very easy to use. The diamonds are adhered to the main cutting surface in a way that makes it wider than the rest of the blade, which makes for quick cuts and reduces the risk of binding and slowing the saw. The abrasives on the sides keep the blade cutting even when the operator fails to hold the saw perfectly straight, greatly reducing kickback. The way the blade is vented keeps the blade cutting nicely instead of overheating and melting through material like other blades seem to do. We put these blades through a tremendous amount of use in our classes. That being said, each Safety Blade lasts us well over a year. For us, that is a huge yearly savings in equipment costs.
A couple years ago, I was very pleased to learn the Special Operations Units of my primary job were getting the Safety Blade. We put it on our forcible entry saw and it lasted two years before we had to get a new one. Nowadays, a very common sight at a taxpayer fire or any prolonged forcible entry operation where power saws are used is a bunch of saws out of service on the sidewalk waiting for replacement abrasive blades. Meanwhile, the firefighters lucky enough to have the Safety Blade are still cutting away. In my area, we tell firefighters in the surrounding units, if we are on scene in a capacity where we are not using saws, that they can use the unit with the Safety Blade from our apparatus instead of using multiple abrasive blades or saws to complete one task.
On scene at a fire/rescue operation or training a couple hundred students on power saw operations, the Safety Blade exceeds all expectations of any blade in its class. Operator and personal safety, ease of use, cost effectiveness, and great customer service along with an unbeatable warranty – what more could you ask for?