Hurst Power Rescue Tool (Jaws of Life)

Hurst Power Rescue Tool (Jaws of Life)

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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.
Currently on loan
Object Name
rescue tool
date made
place made
United States: Pennsylvania, Warrington
Physical Description
metal (overall material)
overall: 34 in x 15 in x 9 in; 86.36 cm x 38.1 cm x 22.86 cm
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Credit Line
Gift of the Carlsbad Fire Department
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Road Transportation
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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Hi, I'm from Austria and our fire department has bought the Hurst Power Rescue Tool 1981. We are using it still when it comes to an accident. This spreader has saved more lives then any other thing at our fire department. It is one of the most reliable rescue tools we have.
Can anyone tell me what brand of hydraulic hose was used on this device?

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