Amkus - Afailure or Success?
I am just curious, has anyone had a problem with Amkus tools failing during a use? I have never used Amkus before this past Saturday night, and I have to say, I am less than fond of their tools...
I had a '99 Cadillac STS hit a very old oak tree at about 70 mph. Both passengers were entangled/trapped by both the dashboard and the doors. The volunteer FD on scene had never used their tools in a real life situation, there fore leaving a majority of the extrication to the paid guys.
I connected the tools to the porta-power in the usual fashion (self explanatory)and started to dig into the drivers side door with the "combi-tool". Not only did I not have enough power to remove an already sprung door, but the connection "let loose", coating my partners and I in hydrolic fluid - fortunatley not hot enough to burn...yet. We did not even have enough power to roll the dash to disentangle the occupants legs. We ended up using a tow truck to lift the dash...How embarrasing!
In the long run, the front seat passenger ended up coding because of the "prolonged extrication." And to this, I feel horrible.
Has anyone else had a similar incident with any tool, espicially Amkus? Please let me know. I am used to using both Hurst and Holmotro. I vow to never again use an Amkus tool as long as I live. The are nothing but extra weight on the truck...I'd rather carry the extra weight in sand...
An angry rescue-medic