For years, firefighters have been risking their lives to ensure people get rescued, their beloved pets make it out safe, and homes are salvaged.
However, firefighters can only do so much when obstacles prevent them from putting out the difficult fires. CNNMoney recalled a crash that happened in 2008 when a plane crashed onto an American airbase in Guam. When firefighters tried to put out the fire, they could only get through so far before the plane was destroyed in the blaze.
Since then, the U.S. Air Force has been trying to come up with ways for firefighters to put out fires regardless of the objects in their way.
The PyroLance is the latest tool firefighters can use to help them put out difficult fires.
The website describes the item as "us[ing] pressurized water with a non-metallic aggregate, it is completely non-heat producing and does not generate sparks. This gives PyroLance the ability to quickly breach and/or cut most types of materials without creating any additional heat or sparks. In addition, without the requirement of any other tools, it becomes both a defensive and offensive fire attack tool."
Once the gun penetrates the surface, it sprays the space with water and reduces the temperature from 1,500 F to 200 F. The "rapid reduction in temperature occurs without introducing large amounts of oxygen, which greatly reduces the likelihood of flashover or backdraft. Firefighters can manage the thermal layer while remaining outside in a safe, shielded, defensive position."
The PyroLance can pierce through a variety of materials such as aluminum, plywood, brick, and plate steel. The time it takes to pierce through each material is dependent on what it is. It takes about 10 seconds to pierce through aluminum while it takes closer to a minute for it to get through plate steel.
Scott Alexander, the president of PyroLance, also spoke with CNNMoney and told them, "The reality is we're trying to keep [firefighters] safe." He added that the company has been supplying the Air Force with the PyroLance for five years, and the tool has since been adopted by the U.S. Navy.
The PyroLance costs anywhere between $15,000 - $80,000 and Alexander hopes to sell another 350 units over the next year.
The PyroLance is bringing firefighters one step closer to ensuring the safety of people everywhere.
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