Monthly Archives: October 2014

Fire Apparatus Magazine

Michael Wielgat, right, demonstrates his Hero Pipe at the Fire Department Instructors Conference. Fighting high-rise fires can be especially frustrating for firefighters unable to mount a direct attack on a fire that’s above the 12th floor. But thanks to the ingenuity of a Chicago Fire Department lieutenant, that job might be a lot easier. The Hero Pipe (High-rise Emergency Response Offensive Pipe) is the brainchild of Michael Wielgat of Chicago, who designed it to be deployed on
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HEROPipe Base Unit

The Hero Pipe System was designed to be transported in elevators as with most other equipment. In the event that all elevators are disabled, the Hero Pipe System can be transported up stairwells.
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The Hero Pipe System was designed to handle nearly the maximum GPM that a standpipe system can deliver. The pressure is easily monitored and controlled when operating the Hero Pipe System.
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Front End Wheels

The Hero Pipe System operations are conducted from the floor below. Opening the stairwell doors below the fire incident would not introduce toxic combustion products into the stairwells. The firefighter now has the added advantage of utilizing any standpipe on any floor in the structure.
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