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PEPPERELL — Victims of serious accidents that must be extracted from crushed vehicles will get the quickest possible help from new tools just received by the Fire Department.

After a wait of more than 18 months, the department has received a set of top-of-the-line vehicular-extraction tools, thanks to a federal Commercial Equipment Direct Assistance Program (CEDAT) grant.

Manufactured by TNT Rescue Systems of Ashippun, Wisc., the set of tools that generates 10,500 pounds per square inch includes a pump, a spreader to pry apart crushed metal, a powerful cutter, three rams used to widen crushed metal passageways, and ram accessory kit and hydraulic hoses.

They can, Schwarz said, shorten extraction times to as few as five minutes.

CEDAT grants have no dollar amount. Instead they provide the tools with government funds, and have done so for 250 fire departments nationwide to cash-strapped municipalities. Many other fire departments acquire tools via other grants or buy them outright. Pepperell’s tools are part of a second and final round of grants.

Schwarz said TNT tools are used by the military in Iraq, the National Guard and many municipalities because of their superior construction, operating efficiency and support from the manufacturer.

Rams, cutter and spreader have true variable speed dead-man controls that snap valves to a closed position if grip is lost. The cutter has a 120,000-pound force that can strip off the entire side of a car in five minutes.

The pump, the only non-U.S. manufactured item, can run multiple tools at the same time, unlike current models, and is hard to stall. Without that capability, Schwarz noted, use of increasingly long lengths of hydraulic hose diminishes the cutting and spreading power of normal tools. The set includes 30- foot hoses but, he said, departments routinely add 50-foot lengths.

“You can’t lock it up or burn it up,” he said. “And (the tools) are self-bleeding to prevent heat lock (of hydraulic fluid).”

Mineral-based fluid is used, which keeps price down and availability high.

“The rams are incredibly strong,” Schwarz said. “One company used one to move a 65,000-pound machine that had slipped off its footing. It bent the ram and actually flattened the extra-strong (teeth), but it worked.”

He said TNT offers free factory-service classes to any firefighter who travels to Wisconsin.

“It’s family-owned and tools are designed, engineered and manufactured under one roof,” Schwarz said.

Schwarz, Deputy Fire Chief Jonathan Kinney, and Lts. Paul McBrearty, Dana Franzek and Chris Thielbar later moved to Willson’s auto parts yard to practice using the tools.