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The Hurst tool, also known as the Jaws of Life, is a hydraulic rescue tool most often used during vehicle extrication. It’s actually a whole line of hydraulic rescue tools, including cutters, spreaders, and rams.

The cutter is a pair of hydraulically powered shears, designed to cut through metal. These are most often used to cut through the structure of a vehicle when it’s the only way to get someone out.

By Daniel Schwen (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)%5D, via Wikimedia Commons

Spreaders have two arms that come together in a narrow tip. This is placed between two panels(such as two doors or a car door and fender) and when the arms are opened, it pushes the panels apart. It can also be used to pop vehicle doors off their hinges.

By Daniel Schwen (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)%5D, via Wikimedia Commons

There are also tools that combine both of these tools into one. Instead of having to carry two separate tools, one will do the job.

The Green Cross award is a way to award those who have used these products to help save a life. Each of these is recorded in the official Green Cross Registry. My husband has received this award a couple times.


Comments on: "A to Z: J is for Jaws of Life" (1)

  1. […] main extrication tool used is the Hurst tool, or Jaws of Life. Some departments may only have this on hand, and after popping the door off, the rescue workers […]

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