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Arch Aluminum & Glass Helps Develop New Firefighting Techniques

Post Time:Jul 29,2009Classify:Industry NewsView:367

To help better train new recruits in dealing with hurricane-impact materials, Arch Aluminum & Glass in Tamarac, Fla., recently provided the Davie Fire Rescue Department with several pieces of specially laminated glass. According to battalion chief Brian Nolte, department officials were forced to reassess existing firefighting techniques for entering buildings through windows due to the increasing use of hurricane-resistant glass in south Florida.

"We have to rethink how to break glass, to not only get into buildings but also how firefighters can exit safely. Hurricane-resistant glass doesn't break like other types. It's much tougher," Nolte said, citing safety concerns for his crew and potential emergency situation victims.

The recruits were instructed to try and break through the 7/16-inch and 9/16-inch-thick hurricane-impact laminated glass, placed in a wooden frame, using an assortment of standard firefighting equipment pieces (axe, reciprocating saw, glass cutter, K-12 saw, chain saw). After a day of trial and error, the chain saws turned out to be the most effective tool for the job.

"By supplying the folks at the Davie Fire Dept. with a range of laminates, they were able to come up with procedures to not only effectively get through the material and do their jobs, but also ensure the safety of the firefighters," said Max Perilstein, Arch vice president of marketing.

Since the training regimen, held at a Broward County fire station, the department is considering implementing similar sessions for all 25 fire stations in the county.

Source: usgnnAuthor: shangyi

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