Montclair Fire Department Receive New Rescue Tool and Training

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On Friday, May 10, the Montclair Fire Department held a training at its Headquarters on 1 Pine Street, using its new Holmatro Tool, a top of the line piece of equipment, which helps in rescue extractions procedures. With a car donated by local Roach’s Towing Service, the firefighters learned and demonstrated how to cut a car to rescue people at the scene of an accidents.

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Battalion Chief James Ormsby, who was born and raised in Montclair and served as Chief for the past 30 years, explained to Baristanet how valuable this new tool was to save lives because it was more powerful and required no stopping in between as firefighters needed to attach different tools to it, such as spreaders and cutters. This tool will now be on Engine #1, which covers all of Montclair.

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Also part of the training was the use of a strap to stabilize a car, demonstrated by Roach’s Towing Service, which has a good community relationship with the fire department. Chief Ormsby explained that after the multiple car/bus crash on Bloomfield Avenue in front of Panera/Smashburger mall in February 2012, in which they used chains and other tools to keep a car from falling falling off the bridge to rescue a driver, they learned of a specialty strap from Roach’s that would be easier and safer. The straps could hold an average mid-size car at about 4000 lbs.

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