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New Hurst Tool Training

By Jackawa Jackson | March 1, 2010


Over the course of three days, more than 65 members of the Long Beach Fire Department were trained in the use of the new extrication equipment (Jaws of Life) purchased over the last few months. The new equipment was necessary because newer cars use exotic metals like Boron alloy and high strength steel to keep them lightweight but still meet crash test standards. The old equipment the department used was designed to cut light weigh steel and aluminum. Crews had to find alternative locations to cut vehicle that had these high strength materials because the old cutter simply would not cut them. Thanks to the efforts of Engineer Eddie Smith and the trainers from L.N.Curtis & Sons (sales) and Hurst, (manufacturer) the Long Beach Fire Department now has the ability to cut through almost any material the auto industry can throw our way for the next few years.


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