Navigation Links
Racing against time
Date:9/21/2011

When the twin towers collapsed on September 11, 2011, one of the most critical challenges that first responders faced was cutting through concrete to get to victims trapped under debris a painful and tedious race against time when tragedy strikes. Breaching reinforced concrete has long been a losing race when relying on drills, saws, and jackhammers.

The Department of Homeland Security's Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) has developed a new tool to help fire departments and search-and-rescue teams overcome these challenges caused by fallen in natural and man-made disasters.

In 2007, S&T spearheaded the development of the Controlled Impact Rescue Tool (CIRT), designed to cut through concrete with speed and precision. The CIRT uses blank ammunition cartridges to drive a piston that generates a high-energy jolt to create a contained hole in the concrete. A series of these holes allows the creation of an area large enough to deliver vital supplies such as food, water and medicine to victims before first responders are able to get victims to safety.

The force generated by the CIRT is concentrated in a localized area, minimizes threats to the safety of survivors and the potential destabilization of the surrounding structure. CIRT is the size of a small suitcase and weighs approximately 100 pounds, making it mobile enough for a pair of rescuers to hold against a wall, yet heavy enough to limit recoil that can cause injury. It is capable of breaching a reinforced concrete wall up to four times faster than traditional methods.

The Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA) has already acquired six CIRT units to add to their search-and-rescue capabilities. S&T also plans to distribute CIRT units to municipal search-and-rescue teams in Cincinnati, Los Angeles, Seattle, Fairfax County and Virginia Beach, Va., and Texas Disaster City, a training ground used by urban search-and- rescue (USAR) specialists.

'/>"/>
Contact: John Verrico
John.verrico@dhs.gov
202-254-2385
US Department of Homeland Security - Science and Technology
Source:Eurekalert  

Page: 1 2

Related medicine news :

1. Jimmy Johnson Will Step Into Role as Honorary Crew Chief for ExtenZe Racing at Daytona
2. Nominate Your Hometown Hero to Serve as ExtenZe Racings Honorary Crew Chief at a 2010 NASCAR Sprint Cup Race
3. Houston Plastic Surgeon Embracing Social Media to Connect with Patients
4. Paxil Blocks Tamoxifen, Lowers Survival Odds Against Breast Cancer
5. NASBE Supports First Lady Michelle Obama in Fight Against Childhood Obesity
6. AMA Joins First Lady in Fight Against Childhood Obesity
7. The Alliance for a Healthier Generation Names Celtics Captain Paul Pierce National Athlete Spokesperson in the Fight Against Childhood Obesity
8. Tiny fruit fly could offer big clues in fight against obesity, researcher says
9. Compound shows promise against intractable heart failure
10. Businesses Rally Big Efforts to Benefit the Susan G. Komen Phoenix Affiliates Fight Against Breast Cancer
11. NSAIDs Wont Shield Against Skin Cancer
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
Racing against time
(Date:4/25/2015)... April 26, 2015 The National ... , a national endeavor to prepare nurses to provide ... a great success, according to a new report by ... original funding partners. , The project began in ... (CCP), under the direction of Elaine Tagliareni, EdD, RN, ...
(Date:4/25/2015)... The Hon. Ellen Tauscher, Independent Chair of ... statement following the deadly earthquake in Nepal: , "Today ... the deaths of more than 1,000 people. The ... Bangladesh, India and other parts of South Asia. ... people of Nepal and the families of the victims. ...
(Date:4/25/2015)... 2015 By definition, a CIO’s responsibility is ... enterprise relying on their judgement and expertise to keep digital ... to an article published in National Mortgage News on ... doing a disservice to their responsibilities by focusing too heavily ... are crossed when it comes to company policy and industry ...
(Date:4/25/2015)... Parker and Sons projects growth in 2015. ... in Arizona alongside the growing economy. As a result, Parker ... April to help account for the rising need for heating, ... is something we are enthusiastic about. It means growth for ... at Parker and Sons. , Indeed, Parker and Sons has ...
(Date:4/25/2015)... For thirteen years, the Twin Cities DI ... event in the nation! This year, on May 5th, 2015, ... to take DI Day on the road by supporting the ... ChFC, RHU, DIA, CLTC, Chief Executive Officer at Secura Consultants ... the change by stating, "The first Twin Cities DI Day ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):Health News:Hartford Foundation Report Details Success of NLN's Advancing Care Excellence for Seniors (ACE.S) Program 2Health News:Hartford Foundation Report Details Success of NLN's Advancing Care Excellence for Seniors (ACE.S) Program 3Health News:An Outsider’s Perspective on Cyber Security Can Only Benefit CIOs 2Health News:An Outsider’s Perspective on Cyber Security Can Only Benefit CIOs 3Health News:An Outsider’s Perspective on Cyber Security Can Only Benefit CIOs 4Health News:An Outsider’s Perspective on Cyber Security Can Only Benefit CIOs 5Health News:Parker and Sons Plans to Expand in 2015 2Health News:Secura Consultants Takes DI Day On The Road 2
... NEW YORK, June 10 Tongji Healthcare, Inc.,(OTC Bulletin ... in China, reports that its hospital are enjoying an,influx ... province., Due to its status as a private ... Beijing that he has suggested the government would,pick up ...
... As nearly 80 percent of adults,experience back pain ... Carolina this month will launch a free, back care ... of the most common medical problems and affects eight,out ... In South Carolina, back,disorders were among the top causes ...
... of patients with testicular cancer are cured nowadays, but ... survivors, the medical profession and national governments, a cancer ... on Teenage and Young Adult Cancer Medicine, which is ... and 10). , Dr Craig Nichols, director of program ...
... The Endocrine Society will present Ronald S. ... Biomedical Research Institute at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center (LA ... annual convention June 15-18 in San Francisco. , ... members representing the full range of disciplines associated ...
... But their tech savvy helps them use online programs ... June 10 (HealthDay News) -- Insomnia among U.S. combat ... seen in patients with chronic insomnia, according to University ... post-deployment adjustment disorders to 14 insomnia patients and 14 ...
... Mylan Inc. (NYSE: MYL ),announced today ... agreement with,NATCO Pharma Ltd. (NATCO) for NATCO,s glatiramer ... which is used to treat,multiple sclerosis. The agreement ... and all major markets in Europe, Australia, New,Zealand, ...
Cached Medicine News:Health News:Tongji Healthcare Services Reports Influx of Patients 2Health News:BlueChoice HealthPlan to Launch Back Care Program 2Health News:Experts highlight gaps in knowledge on caring for survivors of teenage and young adult cancers 2Health News:Experts highlight gaps in knowledge on caring for survivors of teenage and young adult cancers 3Health News:Experts highlight gaps in knowledge on caring for survivors of teenage and young adult cancers 4Health News:LA BioMed investigator wins Distinguished Educator Award 2Health News:Combat Vets Display Severe Sleep Disorders 2Health News:Mylan Inc., NATCO Pharma Ltd. To Collaborate on Worldwide Marketing and Distribution of Generic Copaxone(R) 2
(Date:4/24/2015)... April 24, 2015 Boston Scientific Corporation (NYSE: ... 40 th Annual Healthcare Conference on May 6 in ... , executive vice president and chief financial officer, and ... a 35-minute question and answer session regarding the company with ... A live webcast of the presentation and question and answer ...
(Date:4/24/2015)... , April 24, 2015 The National ... of the National Institutes of Health [NIH])  provided ... research projects for the development of diagnostic tests ... HAI outbreaks at U.S. health facilities , the ... into rapid, multiplexed and effective tests using alternative ...
(Date:4/24/2015)... , April 24, 2015  Elekta has CE marked ... treatment planning system , enabling European clinics to deliver ... treatment techniques including advanced 3D planning, IMRT, VMAT and ... Monaco ® ... improved workflow efficiency. Advancements in 3D planning as well ...
Breaking Medicine Technology:Boston Scientific To Participate In The Deutsche Bank 40th Annual Healthcare Conference 2Kalorama: NIAID Rewards HAI Innovators with Grants 2Kalorama: NIAID Rewards HAI Innovators with Grants 3Kalorama: NIAID Rewards HAI Innovators with Grants 4Elekta CE marks for Monaco v5.10 treatment planning system 2
... Phase III monotherapy study shows ACTEMRA is first and only biologic ... ... treatment -, PARIS, ... rheumatoid arthritis (RA) -- despite treatment with,current therapies -- achieved significant ...
... NicOx S.A. (Euronext Paris: COX) today announced an ... 301 phase 3 study, showing a,statistically significant difference ... change from baseline in systolic and diastolic blood,pressure ... 4 comparisons). Commonly used,Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs), such ...
Cached Medicine Technology:ACTEMRA(R) (tocilizumab) Significantly Reduces Rheumatoid Arthritis Signs and Symptoms Regardless of Previous Therapy in Two New Global Studies 2ACTEMRA(R) (tocilizumab) Significantly Reduces Rheumatoid Arthritis Signs and Symptoms Regardless of Previous Therapy in Two New Global Studies 3ACTEMRA(R) (tocilizumab) Significantly Reduces Rheumatoid Arthritis Signs and Symptoms Regardless of Previous Therapy in Two New Global Studies 4ACTEMRA(R) (tocilizumab) Significantly Reduces Rheumatoid Arthritis Signs and Symptoms Regardless of Previous Therapy in Two New Global Studies 5ACTEMRA(R) (tocilizumab) Significantly Reduces Rheumatoid Arthritis Signs and Symptoms Regardless of Previous Therapy in Two New Global Studies 6ACTEMRA(R) (tocilizumab) Significantly Reduces Rheumatoid Arthritis Signs and Symptoms Regardless of Previous Therapy in Two New Global Studies 7NicOx Announces Blood Pressure Analysis From 301 Phase 3 Study for Naproxcinod at EULAR 2NicOx Announces Blood Pressure Analysis From 301 Phase 3 Study for Naproxcinod at EULAR 3NicOx Announces Blood Pressure Analysis From 301 Phase 3 Study for Naproxcinod at EULAR 4
The Guidant Fineline EZ leads with protective capsule are bipolar endocardial and designed for permanent implantation with pulse generators for cardiac pacing....
Tendril DX active-fixation leads allows for lower thresholds initially and during the lead maturation phase....
... The Model 6491 unipolar ... designed for temporary atrial and ... and after cardiac surgery. This ... downsized, making it the ideal ...
... Guidant Flextend lead is ... lead with an extendable/retractable ... helix design offers various ... permanent implantation in the ...
Medicine Products: