Rosendale Fire Department gets new equipment

Showing off the Rosendale Fire Department’s new 28 Volt TNT Storm Rescue Tools are, from left, John Reiman, Alan Schultz, Josh Schmidt, Lance Lemmenes and Fred Mattheis.


After working for more than three years to gain additional rescue equipment for its fire/rescue personnel, the Rosendale Fire Department recently acquired 28 Volt TNT Storm Rescue Tools.

With the high volume of accidents on Highway 23 and Highway 26 and other high traffic county roads that pass through its fire district, Rosendale Fire Department Chief Dave McCoy noted this new rescue equipment is ­literally going to be a life saver for the department and those that need the services.

“With donations from the Rosendale Dairy, Mueller’s Service Center, Rosendale/Brandon FFA, Personal Family Donations, fire department fundraisers and our continued support from the village of Rosendale, town of Rosendale and town of Springvale, we are proud to show you our new addition of the ‘28 Volt TNT Storm Rescue Tools,’” McCoy said.

McCoy added that the TNT high-pressure battery-operated/hydraulic rescue tools will be added to the department’s lineup of jaws rescue equipment, and will give it the ability to quickly react and provide life-saving extrications at the accident scene in a quicker and more efficient manner.

“These new tools do not require the typical scene setup time starting hydraulic motors, making hydraulic hose connections, adding gate valves or the need to switch hydraulic hoses between the different rescue tools during the rescue,” McCoy said.

The TNT Storm Rescue tools are powered by a single or dual 28V Lithium-ion battery to power the high-pressure cutting rescue tools.

These tools require no scene setup time; they are a grab-and-go-to-work tool. This will enable fire/rescue personnel on scene to begin extrications more efficiently with less clutter and obstructions in the early stages of the rescue scene.

“What this all means is the efficient use of time and our manpower to help save lives,” McCoy said. “With each piece of rescue equipment being fully self-contained and portable, that means we can take these rescue tools anywhere needed without being tethered by hydraulic hoses back to a truck-mounted pump.

"The Rosendale Fire Department currently operates two fully equipped trucks with hydraulic jaw tools so we can split up at a major accident scene. Now, with the addition of the new TNT Storm battery operated jaws in our fire department tool box, we can now be fully portable around the entire accident scene, or anywhere else that these rescue tools may be needed.”

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