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His first prototype, constructed by a Philadelphia company he hired, was a series of aluminum pipes that would connect to interior water pipes and hang from a window ledge. But assembly was too complicated and the pipes were too heavy to lift up to the next floor.
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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 In The News