As with all tools, once you are finished using the system it should be thoroughly cleaned and stored properly after a post incident inspection. It comes in a hard, water tight, dust proof case for protection when stored. And I should remind you that when storing almost any tool that uses batteries, it is best to store the apparatus without the batteries installed. By storing the tool with the batteries installed, it tends to allow the batteries to corrode and wears them down which could compromise the tool and its contacts.
Once you acquire a tool like this, you must practice and drill to become proficient. (see photo 8) If you are breaking out this tool, things are bad and time may be limited. When doing void search with a tool like this, there may well be tons of debris to go through, creating significant challenges. Practice, practice, practice. If you are going in to an event that is of a staggering magnitude, you should have confidence in your equipment, confidence in your knowledge, and confidence in your experience. The only way you are going to have this is by drilling.
Captain Tony Tricarico has been a member of the fire service since 1977 and was hired by the FDNY in 1981. Tony has served in the South Bronx, Brooklyn and Manhattan. Since 2002 he has been assigned to the Special Operations Command and currently serves as Captain of Squad 252.
Tony is a nationally certified instructor as well as a New York State Certified Fire Instructor, is an adjunct instructor at the FDNY Technical Rescue School, a Deputy Chief Instructor at the Suffolk County Fire Academy, and additionally instructs and lectures throughout the country on a Engine, Truck, RIT and Special Operations tactics and procedures. He has been featured in FETN and American Heat training video's on collapse, elevator operations and SCBA emergencies. He is an active member of the Mount Sinai Volunteer Fire Department on Long Island and a former Chief of Department.