Extrication tools: What the experts say

The automotive industry seems to roll out new safety features, new fuel sources and new configurations each year. This has kept safety and security personnel trying to keep up as well as those who make extrication tools.

To help keep pace, we gathered three extrication tool experts and put to them both practical and speculative questions about these tools.

What's been the most significant development in extrication tools in the last five years?

Robert Avsec: The shift from gasoline engine power plants to electric motors has done a lot to make the extrication scene safer for firefighters and less threatening to the vehicle occupants they're working to extricate. The electric power plant is also more reliable.

Chuck Sheaffer: The development of more powerful cutters and increased flow in pumps has improved the performance of our systems.

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