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#163862 - 01/19/09 05:31 PM Re: Center punch and blade to cut seatbelt [Re: Nishnabotna]
Shadow_oo00 Offline
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Registered: 08/21/07
Posts: 301
Loc: Pennsylvania, USA
Here's a YouTube video

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZMHHYl4kyaY

Pretty much answers the question....will it work under water.
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#163863 - 01/19/09 05:32 PM Re: Center punch and blade to cut seatbelt [Re: Nishnabotna]
kd7fqd Offline
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Registered: 08/07/05
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Loc: Saratoga Springs,Utah,USA
Brigade Quartermasters sells the ResQme tool for 10.99+ shipping


http://www.brigadeqm.com/cgi-bin/tame.ex...ore/level3c.tam

If you cut and paste this link it takes you to their website and the tool
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#163877 - 01/19/09 07:42 PM Re: Center punch and blade to cut seatbelt [Re: Nishnabotna]
Grouch Offline
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Registered: 07/02/08
Posts: 395
Loc: Ohio
According to the video on the ResQMe site, they work under water.

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#163882 - 01/19/09 07:51 PM Re: Center punch and blade to cut seatbelt [Re: LeeG]
airballrad Offline
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Registered: 10/22/07
Posts: 246
Loc: Gulf Coast Florida, USA
In my case the split ring is sround the metal support arm for the visor; I don't think it's going anyplace. I may have to dodge the garage door opener that's up there, tho'. grin

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#163894 - 01/19/09 10:09 PM Re: Center punch and blade to cut seatbelt [Re: airballrad]
Susan Offline
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Registered: 01/21/04
Posts: 5163
Loc: W. WA
My work rig doesn't have a ResQMe tool, it has another kind, in the shape of an orange two-headed hammer. The head is weighted, and there are heavy pointed pieces of metal on each end of the head. There is a seatbelt cutter in the handle. They recently moved it from the dash to the ceiling in the middle of the SUV, so anyone in the front or center seat can reach it, and from the back seat by reaching forward.

But this kind requires a swinging motion, and I wonder how it would work under water. The advantage that see in the ResQMe design is the forward-thrust motion, which would seem to take less room. Has anyone ever tried one of these under water?

Sue

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#163900 - 01/19/09 10:48 PM Re: Center punch and blade to cut seatbelt [Re: yeti]
stevenpd Offline
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Registered: 09/15/07
Posts: 81
Loc: SoCal
Originally Posted By: yeti
The Gerber Hinderer Rescue is another option. Glass breaker, one-handed opener, seatbelt tool swings away, O2 wrench, and the tip of the blade is a prybar.

equipped.org review here:

http://www.equipped.org/hinderer_rescue.htm

pics here:

http://www.equipped.org/pp/pic1676.htm

BTW, the knife's profile is so flat, I can even carry this when wearing a suit.


I bought one for my son for his Fire Academy graduation after I read the ETS review. He has had an opportunity to use the punch and the web cutter. He said both worked flawlessly.
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#163902 - 01/19/09 10:57 PM Re: Center punch and blade to cut seatbelt [Re: stevenpd]
sodak Offline
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Registered: 03/20/05
Posts: 410
You might consider mounting the ResQMe to your seat frame up front, under your legs. A nice big carabiner can attach to the seat, and a metal cable with loops on both ends, then a smaller carabiner with the ResQMe on it. Should stay put in most crashes, and you can just reach down and retrieve it.

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#163905 - 01/19/09 11:29 PM Re: Center punch and blade to cut seatbelt [Re: sodak]
scafool Offline
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Registered: 12/18/08
Posts: 1534
Loc: Muskoka
Or up to reach it.
So long as it does not get trapped under the seat.

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#163946 - 01/20/09 05:33 AM Re: Center punch and blade to cut seatbelt [Re: ]
dougwalkabout Offline
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Registered: 02/03/07
Posts: 2985
Loc: Alberta, Canada

[/quote]We noted there was a lot of blood and cuts and torn nails on his fingers and shirt, our chief told us that these were caused by the man clawing at the seatbelt in an attempt to free himself...

I recall that in our discussions afterwards, the same mention of having a seatbelt cutter available to him could of possibly saved the man's life. [/quote]

Wow, that's rough. I honestly don't know how you guys do that sort of work without going mad.

It's unusual that a farmer wouldn't have a knife in his pocket. Even if he did, he might not have been able to get to it, or might have been too incapacitated by the rollover to think clearly.

FWIW, if this farmer was like most farmers I know, he'd rather go with his boots on than in a hospital with tubes everywhere.

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#163947 - 01/20/09 05:49 AM Re: Center punch and blade to cut seatbelt [Re: dougwalkabout]
scafool Offline
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Registered: 12/18/08
Posts: 1534
Loc: Muskoka
Just a few points to consider:

Note that it is not always easy to reach the floor if you are belted in.
Your harness cutter needs to be reachable with either hand while in harness upside right or upside down.

This is one of the problems with knives.
Knives are usually in a pocket and often they are unreachable if a person is stuck in a harness or injured on one side. Being upside down makes it even worse.

This is also a problem with hanging tools on a keyring.
If the keys are in the ignition of a normal car or truck they are pretty much only in reach of your right hand.
If you are upside down and half resting against the roof they might be out of reach of your right hand too.
and nothing guarantees your right hand is working.

If You want to know where to locate a harness cutter for You then get into Your car, belt up and see where you can reach easy with both hands.
Then try to imagine being upside down and where you can still reach.
Some people get a more than one and put them more than one location.
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