Friday Morning – Watch Your Step
One of our longtime readers, Nate Arnold sent along an interesting article from the Springfield, Massachusetts, newspaper The Republican. It's a feature story on a Springfield FD captain's invention that is coming on the market now which is a portable safety step to me used while working on roofs, especially ventilation work.
Capt. Robert Duffy, who has 19 years on the job, spent three years designing, refining and creating the prototype of what he calls the Quick Step Anchor.
The Republican describes it:
Made of aircraft-grade aluminum, the Quick Step Anchor weighs only 11 pounds and provides a secure and stable working platform for firefighters as they use chainsaws and other tools to cut into the roofs of burning buildings. It includes a safety lanyard, which doubles as a carrying strap, that secures firefighters to the roof in the event of a fall.
The device installs quickly and easily with the swipe of chainsaw which allow it to anchor firmly onto the roof. It also can be used as a platform for rappelling operations.
It represents, Duffy said, a vast improvement over firefighters’ traditional use of pick head axes and another kind of tool known as a Halligan to set anchor points onto a roof.
Read the entire informative article HERE.
The new firm has posted this video that illustrates how the device is used:
You can get more information about the Quick Step Anchor on their website: http://www.quickstepanchor.com/index.cfm
Click on the Image Gallery link for more photos of the device.
This is coming on the market now…orders are already arriving and being filled …. and has the potential of becoming a standard tool found on every truck company.
And don't forget the 100-ft. cord reel to power the Bunn-O-Matic up there. Which is what I'm going to do now while we get started on the equipment check. Be careful today, lots of congestion and early traffic buildups as we head into the 3-day weekend. See you back in the day room.
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