Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue incorporates Cobra into all front line operations

Published:  13 January, 2015

Brigade is the first to embed cutting extinguishing technology into all operational stations.

The embedded ‘Coldcut Cobra strategy’ is part of Greater Manchester FRS’s future fire fighting project.

The brigade is currently installing 44 Cobra units into all of its operational stations, making it the first Metropolitan Service in the UK to totally incorporate the technology into its overall front line fire fighting capability.

Greater Manchester has focused its approach on the application of new technologies and innovation as a means of achieving the challenging objectives of firefighter safety, public value and community protection, in an increasingly complex and hazardous world. The Cobra cutting extinguisher is a central tenet of Greater Manchester's investment in new technologies and equipment, and its approach to the development of new operational processes and tactics. 

The Cobra Cutting Extinguisher method allows the fire fighter to safely combat the fire from the outside of a building or structure. The ultra-high pressure lance creates a small hole through all known building and construction materials, and injects a very fine water mist into the compartment. The water mist (created by the >250 bar pressure) will rapidly cool any hot fire gases and extinguish or suppress the fire. Following operations can be performed in a safe and relatively cool environment. 

Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service is one of the largest Fire and Rescue Service in the UK with over 2,500 members of staff and 41 fire stations. It covers an area of approximately 1,300 square kilometres and a population of 2.5 million.

Coldcut Cobra is manufactured by Cold Cut Systems AB. At present there are about 750 Cobra systems in over 30 countries.

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