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  • Please join us on Thursday, March 6 at 12:00 for the latest extrication webcast sponsored by AMKUS on

    Extrication Zone: Principles of Extrication

    Thu, Mar 6 2014 12:00:00

    Regardless of the degree of vehicle damage and the resulting level of entrapment, it is the responsibility of the responders to safely and effectively mitigate motor vehicle collisions. The foundation for successful mitigation is a solid, strong set of strategies based on the incident conditions.

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  • Presented by Ron Moore, retired Division Chief and Author of over 200 University of Extrication articles

    October 3, 2013

    With increasing frequency, fire departments are reporting an inability to cut through common structural areas such as the B-pillars of late model vehicles. The normal rescue cutting tools are stalling out and they may be essentially out-gunned by new, ultra high-strength steel alloys called ‘advanced steels.’ These steels, such as Boron, can be found    in the roof pillars, roof rail, or rocker channels on a wide array of late-model vehicles, especially beginning with the 2012 model year. During the presentation, Ron Moore brings the pages of his University of Extrication series on this topic to life as he    explains the lessons learned from his nearly year-long research project on the challenges presented by these advanced steels. Learn how they are being used by auto manufacturers to meet the 2012 model year crash standards. Is your rescue team ready for the challenge of advanced steel?

  • Harlem-Roscoe Fire Protection District hosted the 3rd Annual Crunch Time Extrication Competition and Learning Symposium on September 27-29, 2013 at Harlem-Roscoe Fire Protection District’s Station #3.  This event helps departments train new personnel with both classroom and a practical skills workshop.  On Sunday the public is invited to a full day of extrication competitions.  Rescue teams of five firefighters compete in two 20 minute scenarios throughout the day.  Teams are judged on their use of tools and how they get their patient out of the damaged vehicles.

    We are proud to announce that the Byron Fire Dept. Team 1, a long time AMKUS user, took second in the Unlimited Competition and second for the Overall Competition (limited and unlimited pits).

    Congratulations to the Byron Fire Dept. and keep up the good work!


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  • And the Winner is…

    Monday, June 10, 2013
    Enzo Ciarletta for website

    Firefighter Enzo Ciarletta with the Middleton Fire Dept. (WI)

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    Middleton Fire Dept. (WI)








           And the Winner is…

    AMKUS held a sweepstakes for current AMKUS customers at the FDIC show, April 25-27, 2013 in Indianapolis, IN.  AMKUS customers that visited our booth were able to enter a drawing to win one of our new Simultaneous Mini Power Units.

    We are happy to announce the winner of the new GH2B-MCH Mini Simo Power Unit is Enzo Ciarletta with the Middleton Fire Department, Middleton, WI.  The Middleton Fire Department is a long time AMKUS user and we are so pleased to provide them with our new GH2B-MCH Mini Simo Power Unit with BOOST!

  • GH2B-MCH FRONT PLAINAMKUS Rescue Systems is proud to introduce our latest innovation in high performance extrication tools and equipment, the GH2B-MCH Mini Power Unit.

    The GH2B-MCH offers two tool simultaneous operation with “BOOST” mode.   When in alternate operation, “BOOST” mode will increase tool speed in both pump stages.  Weighing in at approximately 58 lbs., the compact unit offers a carrying handle and is very portable.  In addition, the modular design reduces the time required for service.

    For more information or to schedule a demonstration, please contact AMKUS at 1-800-592-6587.

  • (CHAMPAIGN, IL June 14, 2011) The Illinois Fire Service Institute (IFSI) took delivery of more than $37,000 worth of vehicle rescue tools just in time for its 87th Annual Fire College. The tools donated by AMKUS Rescue Systems are on loan to IFSI for use in their vehicle/machinery rescue classes and included cutters, spreaders, push-pull rams and Honda power units. The new tools are in addition to tools already in service from AMKUS.

    Illinois Fire Service Institute Crew“We are thankful to AMKUS for getting us new equipment to train our students with,” Roger Lunt, Deputy Director for IFSI said. “It’s important for our students to work with and be comfortable with the latest technology in tools to assure they are ready in the field.”

    The new tools were put into service at IFSI’s annual Fire College where more than 100 students worked with the tools in various rescue scenarios. The tools were used in both beginning and advanced auto extrication classes. “These two classes are among the first to fill up for Fire College,” Joe Drennan said. “Being able to work with rescue tools is one of the reasons these classes are so popular,” he added. Drennan is IFSI’s Manager for Vehicle/Machinery Rescue Program.

    “We are very proud to provide IFSI with AMKUS equipment for training purposes”, said Judy Weigand, Corporate Vice President for AMKUS. “Our association with IFSI provides us with excellent exposure for our products and allows students to use the latest technology in extrication. We look forward to continuing to work with IFSI for a long time to come.”

    The tools will continued to be used throughout the year in rescue classes delivered at IFSI’s Champaign, Ill. campus and throughout the state at regional training sites.

    The Illinois Fire Service Institute is the statutory fire academy for the state of Illinois. In addition to training provided at the Champaign campus, the Institute offers DHS grant-approved technical rescue, HAZMAT and NIMS training, hands-on fire officer training, online classes and conducts training throughout the state at Regional Training Centers and local fire stations. The mission of the Illinois Fire Service Institute is to help firefighters do their work through training, education, information and research.

    For more information about the Institute, call 217-333-8921.

  • AMKUS Rescue Systems now offers a single connection coupler.

    The mono coupling allows connecting and disconnecting of tools while the line is under flow (in most cases it’s not necessary to place the directional control of the power unit in the neutral position). The mono coupling can convert standard AMKUS twin line hoses into a single connection allowing customers to retrofit existing AMKUS Rescue tools. For more information, contact AMKUS 630-515-1800, visit or contact your local dealer to schedule a demonstration or conversion.

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  • DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Jan. 12, 2011) – NASCAR has renewed its sponsorship agreement with AMKUS, the tool-making company that serves as the “rescue system supplier” for all of NASCAR’s racing series. The new agreement now runs through 2015.

    For more than three decades, AMKUS has provided the power operated rescue tools and equipment that NASCAR relies on at its racing venues for emergency extrication purposes. The quality, efficiency and reliability of the tools have served NASCAR, its competitors and race tracks well.

    “AMKUS has done a great job with the tools and systems they provide our sport week in and week out,” said Robin Pemberton, NASCAR vice president of competition. “Being able to rely on their outstanding services when the situation calls for them, has helped enhance many of our safety initiatives at the race track.”

    AMKUS, Inc., located in Downers Grove, Ill., has been providing state-of-the-art hydraulic extrication equipment and rescue systems to fire departments and rescue squads around the world for more than 30 years. AMKUS Rescue Systems are in use by fire departments and rescue squads in more than 75 countries and at major racing facilities worldwide.

    “We are very proud to once again be chosen as the Rescue System Supplier of NASCAR”, said Judy Weigand, Corporate Vice President for AMKUS. “Our association with NASCAR provides us with excellent exposure for our products and cements the AMKUS image as the leader in motorsports rescue. We look forward to continuing to work with NASCAR for a long time to come.”

  • Extrication Team Winners

    Friday, September 10, 2010

    Safety Source Ltd and AMKUS Rescue Systems would like to congratulate Team Z1X (Musquodoboit Harbour FD), winners of the Unlimited Pit. Their masterful use of stabilization, medical knowledge and use of AMKUS rescue tools also placed them 3rd overall and Best Rookie Team at the Atlantic Regional Vehicle Extrication Competition, held in Halifax, Nova Scotia on August 21, 2010.

    The Team is made up of (l-r) Bill Marr (Tool Operator), Dave Jensen (Tool Operator), Eugene Justason (Incident Commander), Kendra Baker (1st Medic), Christian Ruel (2nd Medic) and Steve Andrews (Tool Operator).



  • AMK - 22The AMK-22 C.O.T (Cutter of Tomorrow) combines more power with a proven blade design. The AMK-22 Cutter is designed to handle the stronger materials used in new model vehicles, such as Boron Steel, Martensite, and other high strength steels. The AMK-22 features a 360 degree rotating handle with 8 locking positions allowing the rescuer to position the handle for natural hand placement at any angle of attack.

    For more information or to schedule a demonstration, please contact AMKUS at 1-800-59-AMKUS.

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