|Makita Tools Aid Safer, Faster Rescue Standards
Tools provided by Makita, the number one professional brand of power tools, and Vimpex, specialist distributor of rescue tools and equipment to the emergency services, have helped the London Fire Brigade’s Extrication Team win the UK Rescue Organisation (UKRO) 2010 Southern Region Extrication & Trauma event, held at Southwark, London. The Organisation is committed to improving rescue and extrication standards throughout the country and brings together the UK’s rescue services to develop their skills through trial and contest.
Makita reciprocating saws, the powerful JR3070CT with Anti Vibration Technology (AVT), and the 24v BJR240, impressed the twelve competing teams from all over the UK with their power and performance while they competed in a wide range of standard scenarios.
“I’ve used many reciprocating saws and have put Makita and competitor brands through their paces over the years,” says Nick Burge, Research and Development Officer, London Fire & Rescue Service, and also the O.I.C of the London Extrication Team.
“In truth, the JR3070CT with AVT is far and above the preferred choice of the Extrication team. Serious consideration of the benefits of the Makita tool range would be looked at when we consider tool change and upgrades for the future of equipping our front line appliances. We have a lot of people to protect in the Capital and they deserve the best we can do for them in life-saving circumstances.” The JR3070CT has an ultra-low vibration rating of 8.5m/sec².
Nick continues: “The 24v BJR240 is perfect when you only need to make one cut. It’s fast and reliable when seconds count. The JR3070CT takes longer to set up but is perfect for situations that require four or five cuts while the AVT system reduces vibration for the increased comfort and protection of the casualty.” Makita has led the industry with its patented Anti Vibration Technology system. The principle of AVT is a counter weight solution, the science of which is used in earthquake protection systems for buildings, where a balance weight is moved into an opposite position to damp out the harmful vibrations.
Of the many regional events and challenges, 50 teams one from every Brigade in the country will compete at the UKRO Hampshire 2010 National Rescue Challenge in Eastleigh, 1st and 2nd October. First, second and third place winners will go on to represent the UK at the international event in 2011. London Fire Brigade will host the UKRO national challenge at Excel in 2011 and the World Rescue Challenge (WRG) in 2012, again at Excel.
The London Fire Brigade’s Extrication team also carry Makita metal shears and impact wrenches in their life-saving tool inventory. “The Makita BTW251Z wrench allows us to remove a tail gate, for example, rather than cutting through it, which requires the use of high pressure hydraulic tools. Using the impact wrench can be faster and safer with reduced risks to the casualty and rescuer,” says Nick Burge.