Man VS Machine | Tools of the Trade Part 2 of 3 | Firefighter Tools and Equipment

Soda City Training Instructor Mike Pfeiffer shows firefighters how to remove a ring using vice grips to save a finger in a Man vs Machine situation at Carolina Fire Days 2023 in Charlotte, North Carolina.

In this training video, instructor Mike Pfeiffer discusses his preference for compact saws in small or confined spaces, the use of a step bit for making inspection holes, and recommendations for tools like wide variety blades and standard drills to handle devices potentially placed by protesters, emphasizing the need for careful and effective measures in their line of work.


Everyone has saws on their truck for the most part? Pretty much, yeah. That’s really great. But I want to compact version, because if I’m working in a small area, I mean, I’m looking at a confined space, stuff like that. I want to be able to get in there and not have to hold two hands on everything.

All right, so go with the wide variety blades with that to standard drills, a step bit. Step bit’s great, especially for making inspection holes in the stuff. Make my hole look inside, see what I got, and keep moving in as I make my way in there. this is going to be especially for protest devices, protesters we’ve seen in the past couple of years.

They’ve gotten smart. They can take PVC pipe, chain themselves together and easily shut down an interstate in seconds. I’ve seen people put all sorts of stuff in there. They put wires. They can try to make stuff look like it’s detonation, but it’s not. Fecal matter. Anything you can think of to shove it in there. These are great for tungsten rings open it all the way up and slowly going to get into it to where you have a little bit of pressure.

Right. Once you get that little bit of pressure, give a small crack, or turn as you come in, they’ll crack that ring. It’ll shatter into shards. We’ve saved their finger.