Since 2017 one in three cars has been manufactured with side laminated windows. In direct response to the DOT mandate (fully implemented in 2020) requiring all U.S. automakers to manufacture side windows from laminated safety glass, the LIFELINE Tactical Rescue Tools team upgraded its flagship tool. While this DOT mandate helps to keep drivers safely inside their vehicle during a motor vehicle accident, it makes it impossible for firstresponders to take immediate action at the scene of an MVA without the use of traditional window breakers or powered glass cutting tools.
LIFELINE™ recognized the importance of providing first responders with the best extrication tool possible, especially understanding the impact this new mandate will have on a first responder’s ability to react quickly and effectively in the field. By upgrading our tool, we’ve been able to improve its capabilities and that of a first responder trying to extricate a victim from an MVA with speed and efficiency.
Over the past 12 months, we discovered that many first responders and firefighting equipment distributors were not only unaware of this mandate, but more importantly, the fact that ALL existing window breakers and punchers in the market will soon be OBSOLETE.
Our goal is to share this critical information far and wide and attempt to bridge this dangerous gap in personal and professional safety.
The GEN 3 FIRE is a proven portable military-grade cutting machine, far more useful than single-purpose tools. Its size, weight, and design are engineered to be worn on the outside of everyday turnout gear or law enforcement/military uniform for fast, immediate access.
Below are links to the National Highway Traffic Safety final ruling and relevant, useful research on the subject by AAA. If your fire department or law enforcement department would like to learn more, or schedule a live demonstration, please contact us at CustomerSupport@LifelineRescueTools.com.
DOT Ejection Mitigation Laws now require automakers to make side windows from laminated glass. Traditional window breakers are designed to break tempered glass and can not penetrate laminated windows. LIFELINE Tactical Rescue Tools effectively cut through laminated car windows and other materials. It’s also lightweight and portable, making it the perfect solution for any emergency.
“New research from AAA reveals that most vehicle escape tools, intended to quickly aid passengers trapped in a car following an accident, will break tempered side windows, but none were able to penetrate laminated glass.” ~ AAA Newsroom. Automakers are required to make side windows out of Laminated Glass. This means that all window breakers in the market are now OBSOLETE.
LIFELINE FIRE GEN 3 effectively cuts through laminated car windows and other materials. These tools are lightweight, portable, with multipurpose features that make it the perfect solution for any emergency. It’s the only non-battery operated handheld tool that functions like a military-grade cutting machine.
See why LIFELINE tools are in high demand at fire departments, police departments, and military facilities in the U.S., Isreal, and Japan.
Meet Chief Joseph (Joe) Longo from the Hawthorne, New Jersey ~ VLOG Brief: Chief Longo shares a first-hand account about how the LIFELINE FIRE™ performed in a 3-Alarm Fire. Thanks to his experience and the versatility of the FIRE™ device, he and another firefighter who also carries the tool were able to save two entangled firefighters.