New Device Allows For Faster Rescues at Industrial Sites
Posted at: 09/07/2012 5:57 PM
| Updated at: 09/10/2012 9:51 AM
By: Laurie Stribling
A new piece of equipment for the Superior Fire Department will help cut rescue time at industrial sites.
The device, called a Multiple Positioning Device, was donated by the Graymont Lime Plant to the Superior Fire Department. It will help firefighters rescue employees from their crane bridge in a more efficient manner.
“I'm optimistic it's going to save us 10 to 20 minutes,” Battalion Chief Scott Gordon said. “(The MPD) is faster, lighter and safer.”
The MPD allows firefighters to pull things up and down from a structure using one device. The old rescue technique required two separate pulley systems, which took more time to execute during a test last year.
“All three times it averaged 52 minutes,” Gordon said. “That time just wasn't quick enough.”
Superior Firefighters tested the new device Friday at the plant. The rescue took just over 19 minutes compared to 52 minutes last year.
The device will always be on the fire trucks and available to use at other industrial sites. The Duluth Fire Department also has the new device.