Last Updated: 06/11/2012*
Raytheon’s Controlled Impact Rescue Tool (CIRT) was recently highlighted during a congressional testimony as a success to improve first responders’ operational capabilities.
On May 9, Dr. Robert Griffin, director of First Responders division for Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology (DHS S&T), testified before a U.S. House of Representatives Committee on developing technologies to assist first responders more effectively, efficiently and safely.
Griffin cited CIRT’s successful adoption into the first responder community as an example of DHS S&T’s goal to improve regular use of transitioning technologies by first responders.
During the testimony, Griffin offered real world examples of CIRT’s use as a public safety tool. “S&T demonstrated and transferred CIRT to Fairfax County Fire and Rescue, who routinely deploy internationally to assist in rescues from disasters both natural and manmade,” he said.
He said CIRT decreases the time it takes to breach reinforced concrete walls while increasing first responders’ control and overall safety by 85 percent.
CIRT uses a specially designed impact head that applies a concentrated shock load into the concrete. Multiple impacts on concrete produce substantial localized damage allowing for faster breaching.
CIRT is now commercially available from Raytheon Corporation, which shared development costs with S&T.
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