Firefighters need every advantage they can get. Sam Cossman of Qwake Technologies met with Adam Yamaguchi of The Henry Ford’s Innovation Nation to show off the mask his company has developed which can overlay high-contrast outlines and heat signatures of objects even when they’re obscured by smoke or darkness.
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Have a firefighter in the family? These bar tools from Halligan Bottle Openers make a great gift for our valiant first responders. The set includes a bottle opener that looks like a tiny Halligan pry bar, and a corkscrew that resembles a pickaxe. They come with red or black handles, and can be personalized for $10 extra.
Germany’s IFEX Technologies makes this incredible tool for firefighters, which can smother an inferno in the blink of an eye. It uses compressed air to discharge water or a water/foam combo at speeds up to 400 km/h (~249 mph), making quick work of fires.
(Loud) Engineers from Japan’s Tohoku University and National Institute of Technology are developing a truly unusual firefighting device. The machine self-balances on its water stream and can snake its way into difficult to reach locations as it sprays water on flames.
(PG-13: Language) The idea of grabbing onto a fire hose dangling from a forklift, then taking it for a ride sounds like equal parts fun and insanity. But these off-duty firefighters did just that, as one of the guys hangs on for dear life at the end of a hose pumping out 200psi.
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