Chassis Components, Fire Department, Pumpers

Firms Develop Innovative Rescue System

Issue 9 and Volume 15.

This liberator rescue system on a Pierce rescue pumper delivered to Troy, Mich., is mounted in the dunnage area for cooling purposes and to free up compartment space.
This liberator rescue system on a Pierce rescue pumper delivered to Troy, Mich., is mounted in the dunnage area for cooling purposes and to free up compartment space. The red XRT hydraulic pump is on the left end of the Smart Power hydraulic generator. The hydraulic reservoir is at right.

Smart Power Systems and XRT Power Systems have partnered to create an innovative generator/rescue system that the companies say will dramatically reduce the time required to extricate victims at a rescue scene.

The liberator combines a Smart Power hydraulic powered generator with a two-stage XRT hydraulic rescue tool pump integrated into one compact system. It provides the fastest extrication available on the market, according to the companies, and delivers 300 percent more power to the rescue tool pump.

Three rescue tools can be operated simultaneously on The liberator system with up to 100 feet of hose per tool with no loss of power, the companies said, and the system can generate 20,000 watts of electric power at the same time for lighting or other accessories. Breakthrough Smart Power technology requires 40 percent less vehicle power, according to the companies, and rescue power is immediately available at the accident scene because no setup is required.

XRT and Smart Power said they have received enthusiastic support for The liberator from leading truck manufacturers with a number of orders from Pierce, Sutphen and E-ONE.

The companies said their hydraulic drive system provides more rescue tool power than gas or electric motors and is compatible with all hydraulic rescue tools. The liberator was designed for installation on new vehicles, as well as retrofitting.

The system is powered by one hydraulic pump, which is available with an optional through-drive, allowing mounting of another hydraulic pump off the same PTO port. The XRT rescue tool pump is attached directly to the Smart Power generator shaft and frees up critical space next to the transmission PTO and in compartments, the companies said.

“With the ever increasing demands on fire apparatus, we developed The liberator to provide a space-saving, highly efficient solution to run a generator capable of making full power at any engine speed and a powerful rescue tool power system capable of running the rescue tools that you already have,” said Will Leach, vice president of sales and service for Smart Power Systems.

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