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  • Minimizing glass dust when cutting

    Would like to hear how you guys/girls manage your glass dust at incidents

  • #2
    HI jeeves1

    This ugly topic

    If cutting we either use the glass-master or a 6-8TPI recip blade to increase particle size.

    We use a dedicated windscreen sheet along with a dedicated casualty/medic sheet to cover them completely, all those involved with cutting the glass and in the vicintiy will wear P3 dust masks and the casualty also, if not on O2.

    Trickling water is one way of reducing the dust.

    Jon

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    • #3
      That dust is scary stuff....

      I'm curious to see how people are dealing with this, as well.

      I have no good practices to share on this one.
      I am now a past chief and the views, opinions, and comments are mine and mine alone. I do not speak for any department or in any official capacity. Although, they would be smart to listen to me.

      "The last thing I want to do is hurt you. But it's still on the list."

      "When tempted to fight fire with fire, remember that the Fire Department usually uses water."

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      • #4
        We have been experimenting on roof removals of smaller vehicles without actually cutting or removing the windshield. A pillars are cut low at base of windshield, remaining roof pillars are cut and just hinge the roof forward onto the hood.

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        • #5
          I pull my hood over my mouth and nose, and try not to breath, not sure if thats proper, but it's better then doing nothing.

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          • #6
            What about using the hoseline to wet the dust as you cut? You could just crack the bale open.
            FF/Paramedic

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            • #7
              few methods I have found good.Duct tape across window inside and out then cut duct tape. Shaving foam works.The folding the roof forward at the screen does in my experience lay risk of dust still as it is folded forward and possible ejection of shard.

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              • #8
                This is a good one, not alot of time to prep because if your cutting the window out more then likely time is very important. We simply use the good ole glass axe, heck Ive even used a crowbar. Once you get it started you can use anything pretty much. Someone should come up with a high intake vacum thats hooked to a jigsaw. Now I said HIGH intake power not the little ones that you see that they come mounted with but like a shop vac hooked to a jigsay would be great!

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                • #9
                  GlasMaster is pretty doggone minimal, but probably nothing releases less dust than the good ol' short-handled hatchets I first used to remove windshields nearly 20 years ago!
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                  • #10
                    the glass master is good.But still a hell of lot of dust produced I think.Hows about a 3M mask for the casualty , eye protection as dust is absorbed through the eyes ,as well as a sheet.Its the dust Im more concerned about.

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                    • #11
                      glass dust

                      in canada they use shaving cream and dust maskes

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                      • #12
                        Queensland is the same cut above, shaving foam and dust masks for rescuers/paramedics (and casualty if not on O2).

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