Channellock Launches Improved Rescue Tool

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Channellock’s  #89 Rescue Tool

Channellock, Inc. has launched a second-generation hand tool, called the #89 Rescue Tool, for firefighters, first responders and EMTs.

The company said it enhanced the design and functionality of its #88 Rescue Tool, launched last year, based on feedback from fire service professionals. 

“The responses that we received were overwhelmingly positive and constructive,” said Ryan DeArment, Channellock’s director or marketing. “Firefighters found the #88 exceptionally useful during emergencies, and that justified the decision to further develop the Rescue Tool line.”

Manufactured in Meadville, Pa., the #89 combines multiple essential functions into one lightweight tool, eliminating the weight and bulk of carrying many tools, the company said. The principal feature of the #89 Rescue Tool is a hardened cutting edge designed to shear through soft metal and standard battery cables. 

Other features include:
• Narrow jaw that fits into tight spaces
• Tapered pry wedge to open doors and windows
• Spanner wrench tightens and loosens up to 6-inch hose couplings
• Gas shut-off valve slot
• Window punch that easily shatters safety glass
“We talked to many firefighters about emergency situations, and we learned that they don’t have time to search for the correct tool,” 

DeArment said. “The true advantage of the Rescue Tool line is that it allows first responders to carry a tool in their pocket that provides multiple life-saving functions.” 

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