Cincinnati Fire Department adopts award winning high-rise fire technology – HEROPipe

Published:  01 May, 2014

Elkhart Brass has received an order from the Cincinnati Fire Department (CFD) for its high-rise firefighting technology, the HEROPipe system. The order will be delivered to CFD by late June 2014.

Cincinnati joins The Chicago Fire Department (CFD) and The Fire Department of New York City (FDNY) becoming the 3rd city in the US and the 6th internationally to purchase this technology to contain and control any difficult high-rise fire.

Developed by a front line Chicago Fire Captain, Michael Wielgat, The HEROPipe System is a light-weight, remote controlled water delivery system that allows firefighters to deliver a fire attack to any floor of a high-rise structure from the vantage point of the floor below.

‘This product is a real game-changer for high-rise fires,’ says Don Sjolin, Elkhart Brass Chief Operating Officer. ‘The HEROPipe System really is the first viable solution for fires that cannot be reached either from a ladder truck or an adjacent building. Enabling firefighters to neutralise incidents from the floor below poses far less risk to the team than a direct attack. We believe the HEROPipe system will be a valuable addition to FDNY and the arsenal of other urban fire departments.’

This purchase positions Cincinnati as taking the lead in adopting new technology worldwide to overcome a gap in high-rise firefighting tactics.

Cincinnati, one of the country’s leading fire departments, is recognised for the high level of research and testing it conducts when making a decision to purchase any product. CFD’s core value is to maintain a constant state of readiness to meet all threats and challenges, traditional and new.

‘The detailed research and testing by CFD leading up to this purchase decision demonstrates the product’s unrivaled performance capabilities,’ added Don.

The HEROPipe system can be set up for action in as little as three minutes with a two-person team. Once the proper attack points have been determined, the aluminum manifold is secured to the exterior of the floor below the incident. The telescopic waterway is made of anodized aluminum and is capable of delivering large volumes of water. Combined with Elkhart’s Sidewinder EXM monitor, a targeted stream can be directed by remote control. Built in features of the HEROPipe system and simplicity of design promote firefighter safety.

The city of Cincinnati is the 25th largest city in the United States with more than 656 high-rise buildings over 12 stories. CFD protects the lives and property for 79.94 square miles with a population of over 2,214,954 in the metro area.

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