12/31/07 87 W, 2 I - + 14 - 20 Fire Grenades and the Future of Firefighting?

In days of old, fire grenades were thrown at the base of a small fire. These glass bottles first contained water or saltwater, and later were filled with chemicals such as carbon tetrachloride. Dave Statter surfaces the story of an apartment fire in Port Jervis, NY, that was quickly controlled by the modern equivalent of a fire grenade. It's called the Fit-5 Aerosol Knockdown Tool. Size of a lunchbox. Weighs about nine pounds. One color only. $1,295.00, through the company store.

Now, imagine that such device is indeed a magic bullet. Suddenly, one person can effect an effective knockdown. So put one or more on every piece of apparatus. Over time, does somebody get the idea that fewer personnel are needed? Do magic bullets cause drops in stats, that cause administrators to note and get the same idea? Or maybe magic bullets instead evolve the response paradigm. A city with 10 fire stations and 10 engine companies evolves to, say, 20 “magic bullet units” and 5 engine companies. And you can take it from there. Decades ago, some fire departments utilized motorcycles with small chemical tanks. In Japan, big cities have motorcycle corps with either bike- or back-mounted extinguisher tanks. They’re deployed in disasters, I believe. But if “magic bullets” could just as easily be carried on a bike, or small vehicle…?
Legeros - 12/31/07 - 14:49

And with enough “magic bullet” firefighting, the skills of personnel with surely be impacted. And even if their names aren’t Shirley. So you would have even more drills on “old ways” firefighting. Or, heck, maybe tiered levels of fire responders.

Come to think of it, there are plenty of “old ways” long forgotten today. Such as pulling a building down with hooks and ladders.
Legeros - 12/31/07 - 15:10

And you, too, can own your very own “engine company in a box”.

DJ (Email) - 12/31/07 - 16:27

I think I’ve seen something similar to these advertised in one of the big fire service magazines.
Silver - 12/31/07 - 17:59

They are on ebay all the time. That’s where i got mine.
DJ - 12/31/07 - 18:25

Mike, I think you forgot to take your meds again.
Mike - 12/31/07 - 21:35

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