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7/17/2018 5:46:48 PM

Japan introduces water jet cutters to rescue accident victims

The Fire and Disaster Management Agency has decided to introduce water jet cutters to help carve through debris and rescue accident victims without the risk of sparks starting a fire, it has been learned.

One of the water cutter trucks that the agency will use was displayed to reporters in Tokyo in a demonstration on Jan. 17. The cutters operate by combining a high-pressure blast of water with sand, and can make a 1.5-centimeter cut through a 2-centimeter-thick steel plate in just one minute.

A major benefit of the cutters is that they do not pose a fire risk, meaning they can be used at accident sites where flammable substances have been spilled.

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