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Safer Fire Fighting

Indoors fire fighting subjects rescue personnel to severe risks; both physical and mental. Our method of cutting through and cooling fire gases, conducted from a safe position on the outside, is at present the safest option available to Rescue Services.

With regard to the work environment for rescue personnel in general, and smoke divers in particular, there are no operations in working life that are subject to greater risk than smoke diving.

Smoke diving involves serious risk and it subjects firefighting personnel to extreme stress. Personnel are subjected to both physical risks (such as intense heat, explosion, falling parts of buildings, sharp objects, and the risk of falling when the range of vision is reduced or is nonexistent) and mental risks due to extremely stressful situations.

Smoke diving will always be one of the main tasks in the Rescue Service. There are actions that cannot be accomplished in any other way, eg, interior life-saving during which people must be carried out from the fire area, or post-extinguishing work during which material, etc, must be removed.

Our method, conducted from a safe position, of accessing and interrupting the fire development fire by quickly cutting through more or less all types of building material and cooling the fire gases is at present the safest option available to Rescue Services.

A Rescue Leader ordering smoke diving as the mode of operation, without considering alternative means of action, means the shouldering of great responsibility with regard to work environment. The Rescue Leader should ideally always have planned optional methods in the preliminary stage of the rescue action.

Combined methods, using Cutting Extinguisher, thermo camera and positive pressure fans, provide optional possibilities for the Rescue Leader instead of smoke diving.

The ability of optimizing a safe work environment for rescue personnel, should be paramount for all concerned. The owner/occupier of the buildings risk the head and corporate management of the Rescue Service in the municipality with responsibility to respond to the risk and firefighting teams who deal with the risk.

Safety advantages of the Cutting Extinguisher:

• Improvement of firefighter safety as the fire is combated from a secure position outside a building/construction, avoiding the risk of injury due to intense heat radiation and/or explosion of fire gases.

• Improvement of work environment for firefighters as a fire can be combated from the outside, reducing the need to enter into hot and smoke-filled areas involving the risk of toxic and carcinogenic substances affecting the skin and lungs.