Packexe SMASH, not just for extrication
Published: 27 April, 2011
The glass management product for patient and rescuer protection in extrication, Packexe SMASH is now also being used for entry into a high-rise glass building by a fire brigade within the UK.
High-rise buildings can present unique problems to the FRS. The removal of casualties in a high-rise building may involve breaking a window and vertical transportation over a considerable distance. Breaking windows, either plate, tempered or double glazing, at a high level creates a serious hazard for the Fire and Rescue Service to control. Debris can increase the risk in injuring the casualty further, as well as the general public and other emergency services below. By using Packexe SMASH, glass fragments will be kept to a minimum with the ability to remove and dispose of with ease, allowing the emergency services team to be vigilant of the safety of all those involved, casualties and themselves.
Packexe CEO, Andrew Orchard recently visited North Carolina, to demonstrate how Packexe SMASH can be used for extrication and high-rise entry into a building. The high-rise entry demonstration took place on double glazed windows, presenting how versatile the product is. Andrew Orchard says: “The trip was a great fact finding opportunity demonstrating the effect Packexe SMASH has on double glazing. Each pane of glass was taken out piece by piece. The product performed perfectly.”
The application of Packexe SMASH increases the strength of glass by approximately 42% greatly reducing the risk of breakage. By reinforcing the glass, Packexe SMASH has eliminated the need to forcibly break and remove the glass. The adhesive glass management product saves crucial time for the FRS and application can be completed by one person, helping to streamline the extrication process in RTCs. It is recommended that Packexe SMASH is applied to all glass identified as a risk upon arrival at a road traffic collision, managing glass before extrication starts.
User of the product, Paul Maynard, from Royal Berkshire Fire & Rescue Service (RBFRS) UK explained “Packexe SMASH has changed the face of glass management at RTCs. The RBFRS Extrication team have used Packexe SMASH in challenges all over the world in all weather conditions and in every conceivable scenario. It is an excellent product, unique in its simplicity and when applied correctly mitigates the ever-present hazard posed by all types of glass in RTCs. It can be used in all weather conditions ... with the minimum fuss and maximum impact!”
Multi-usage tool for glass management
Packexe SMASH is a time critical glass management product that can be used for many situations the Fire and Rescue Service attend, not just for extrication.
“Packexe has significantly changed glass management in many situations, the product is unbelievable. Packexe has created a protocol that can be used in any type of scenario involving glass. We are currently using the word ‘revolutionise’ when describing Packexe SMASH. Basically it is a specific and unique tool for a specific purpose, no matter who uses it, whether it is the police, fire service or any emergency service, they will use it for glass management. Packexe protocol has created glass management,” commented John K Evans, President, ESI Equipment, USA
The effectiveness of Packexe SMASH has raised questions about how the use of the unique self-adhesive film could benefit other tasks and situations. James R. Artz, owner of ESI Equipment, New Holland, Pennsylvania, USA comments: “Glass Management, in my 28 Years of fire service has been nominal at best. Duct Tape, spray on adhesives, contact paper has all proven to be ineffective. To me Packexe SMASHs highlight was its ability to maintain tempered glass in the window frame. In one word; impressive!”