Every second counts when you’re trying to force your way into a burning structure or cut a vehicle away from a victim. You need the fastest saw blade that you can get. But which fire rescue blade is the fastest?
Clark County Fire Department put our Fire Rescue Safety Blade up against four competing blades to find that out. Lo and behold, the Fire Rescue Safety Blade cut fastest or came in a close second when cutting eight different materials. Click on the image below for details, or download a PDF of it now.
Knowing how to change the drive belt on your Husqvarna cut off saw or fire rescue saw can improve your cutting performance and extend your saw’s life – in other words, save you time and money. Husqvarna has put out a helpful video showing you how to do just that.
You’ve got a lot of things to do as a firefighter, and calls are only one of them. You have to train, maintain your certifications, fill out paperwork, do truck and inventory checks… Maintaining your equipment is probably the last thing on your mind.
David Cain over at Firefighter Nation gets it. He was deputy chief of the Boulder, CO Fire Department for over 30 years, so he knows that firefighters don’t have enough hours in the day. Unfortunately, that’s not an excuse.
“We demand more out of our gear than practically any other profession,” he writes, “because if it fails, it can cost a whole lot more than just money.”
Cain has a number of tips for keeping your equipment, like your saws, ready for action. Not only will these tips will save your department money replacing broken-down equipment, they might also save your life:
Start and run your equipment regularly.
Schedule your equipment inspections, like your other checks.
Take care of any small problems that you find immediately, before they become big problems.
Read the rest of Cain’s article over at Firefighter Nation.