Hurst Power Rescue Tool (Jaws of Life)

Description
In the 1960s, George Hurst designed a 350-pound hydraulic spreader tool to help remove race car drivers from wrecks. He hired Mike Brick to market the device nationwide. Brick downsized it to 65 pounds and pitched the Hurst Power Rescue Tool to fire departments in the early 1970s as a way to free accident victims from cars. The tool was an instant success because it was faster, safer, more powerful, and easier to use than power saws, pry bars, and blow torches. It acquired the nickname “The Jaws of Life” because of a line in a promotional film. The Carlsbad, New Mexico fire department bought this tool in 1977 and used it until 2012.
Location
Currently not on view
date made
1977
Physical Description
metal (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 34 in x 15 in x 9 in; 86.36 cm x 38.1 cm x 22.86 cm
ID Number
2012.0110.01
accession number
2012.0110
catalog number
2012.0110.01
Credit Line
Gift of the Carlsbad Fire Department
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Work and Industry: Transportation, Road
Transportation
Road Transportation
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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