Monday, November 7, 2011

VATF-1 Receives DHS “Concrete Buster” Tool (VATF-1 Provides Demonstration)

Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department
4100 Chain Bridge Rd, Fairfax, Virginia 22030
Phone: 703-246-3801, TTY: 711 and Fax:703-385-1687
Duty PIO (Weekends/After-hours): 703-877-3702

News Release 11-84
Date: November 7, 2011

On Wednesday, November 9, 2011 at approximately 1 p.m., Virginia Task Force 1 will demonstrate and formally transfer a new Controlled Impact Rescue Tool (CIRT) from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. The presentation and demonstration will take place at the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department Academy, 4600 West Ox Road, Fairfax.

CIRT is a new concrete buster that could mean the difference between life and death to those trapped under collapsed concrete caused by natural and manmade disasters.

In development since 2007, the 36-inch long, 100-pound tool is capable of breaching reinforced concrete and works up to four times faster than traditional methods which require drilling, chipping, or sawing. VATF-1 will receive two CIRT tools for evaluation, training, and use in actual emergency responses. Developed in partnership with Raytheon, the CIRT is now commercially available for federal and military agencies.