Albany NY Seeks Updated Equipment

The Albany City Commission (NY) will vote Tuesday whether to approve the purchase of 12 Hurst jaws of life e-Draulic tools for use by AFD. Each tool comes with a reduced $29,000 price tag that includes nine days of specific training for the 153 firefighters in the Albany department.

The department currently uses older equipment, ranging in age from 12 to 27 years, and that entails a tarp on the floor and an assembly of the tool, piece by piece.

The e-Draulic tool sought bythe Albany Fire Department received a Best Rescue Tool Innovation award last year from Fire Apparatus & Emergency Equipment magazine.

“With this new tool, you can make 27 cuts before you have to check the battery,” Deputy AFD Fire Chief Ron Rowe said. “With the tools we have now, you might get one or two cuts on a battery. Of course, we check our equipment regularly, but this shows how reliable (the new jaws of life tool) is.”

The commission has tentatively approved the purchase.

“We knew our old Hurst equipment was going to have to be replaced soon,” Chief James Carswel said. “And that equipment has so many disadvantages when compared to the new generation of extrication machine. So, timingwise, this is a perfect fit for our needs.

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