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Fired Up

Start-up creates a fire-fighting machine designed to reduce the risk of injury to fire fighters.
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It may look funny, but its inventor says his Land Harpoon reduces the risk of injury to fire fighters. The machine uses a compressed-air cannon to send a hose-carrying projectile into a fire. With $500,000 spent on development so far, Southwest Virginian R&D, in Abingdon, Va., is also marketing the harpoon to the military for clearing mine fields.

-- Leslie Brokaw

Last updated: Jan 1, 1991




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