COLUMBUS – A set of new crash extrication tools for the Columbus Fire Department has been approved by the City Council.
The Columbus Fire Department made a request to purchase a set of Hurst eDraulic cordless crash extrication tools from Danko Emergency Equipment for $25,747. The CFD said they were in need of extrication tools which were compatible with high-strength, low-alloy metals found in the construction of modern vehicles.
The CFD also said that the tools in their current inventory will routinely fail when encountering all modern vehicles, regardless of make. The new set of tools operate at double the hydraulic operating pressure of the older models, and will allow operation away from the normal roadway, as well as inside of buildings for industrial rescue.
Several brands of tools were reviewed by CFD crews in hands-on demonstrations, and the Hurst brand was the favored among those tested. The CFD budgeted $30,000 for the purchase, but Danko offered the tools at a discounted, limited-time price.
The City Council unanimously approved the request to purchase the tools.