Haverhill Fire Receives Donation of High-Powered Chop Saw From Merrimac Industrial Sales

Fire Chief Robert M. O’Brien and Merrimac Industrial Sales President Phil Aberizk Jr. display the donated Milwaukee Tools-brand high-powered electric chop saw on the side of Rescue 1 at the Water Street Fire Station, Behind them are Firefighters Joshua Zaino and James Bizeur. (WHAV News photograph.)

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The Haverhill Fire Department last week received a new, high-powered electric chop saw for quickly opening difficult-to-access spaces during emergencies.

Merrimac Industrial Sales, the Haverhill-based provider of power tools for tradespeople, custom electrical panels and stock electrical components, donated the saw made by Milwaukee Tools. During a presentation at the Water Street fire station, Fire Chief Robert M. O’Brien discussed an essential use of the tool for ventilating a burning structure.

“Beautiful piece of equipment that will get us quick access into the roof of a burning building. That directly relates to how fast we can remove the smoke and keep our firefighters and the occupants of that building safe,” he said.

The high-powered chop will also play a crucial role in rescue operations, such as efficiently cutting open vehicles involved in accidents, enabling quicker and safer extraction of those injured.

Merrimac Industrial Sales President Phil Aberizk Jr. explained the chop saw potentially saves precious minutes in critical situations. “Supporting the city is something we like to do and we value the Haverhill Fire Department very much.”

Aberizk noted he, his business and employees have developed a personal connection with the department over the years.

“They’ve protected our employees. They’ve protected our company, our building. They’ve been to our building many times. They come through it. They assess it. They let us know what we need to do to keep it up to par.”

Manufacturer Milwaukee Tools donated the blade. The tool becomes a permanent component of the department’s Rescue 1 truck.

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