Rescue Tool targets firefighters and first responders.

Press Release Summary:

Featuring narrow jaw that fits into tight spaces, No. 89 rescue tool has hardened cutting edge designed to shear through soft metal and standard battery cables. It also features gas shut-off valve slot, tapered pry wedge to open doors and windows, and spanner wrench that tightens and loosens up to 6 in. hose couplings. Lightweight tool also has window punch that can shatter safety glass.

Original Press Release:

Channellock, Inc., Launches Second-Generation Rescue Tool

#89 Designed by Firefighters, for Firefighters and First Responders

MEADVILLE, Pa. - June 5, 2009 - Firefighters, first responders and EMTs now have another innovative, quality hand tool from CHANNELLOCK® to help them perform life-saving jobs in emergency situations - the #89 Rescue Tool. Launched on the heels of last year's ground-breaking #88 Rescue Tool, CHANNELLOCK® utilized feedback from fire service professionals and enhanced the design and functionality for the #89.

"The responses that we received were overwhelmingly positive and constructive," says Ryan DeArment, director or marketing at Channellock, Inc. "Firefighters found the #88 exceptionally useful during emergencies, and that justified the decision to further develop the Rescue Tool line."

Manufactured in Meadville, Pa., the #89 combines multiple essential functions into one lightweight tool, eliminating the weight and bulk of carrying many tools. The principal feature of the #89 Rescue Tool is a hardened cutting edge designed to shear through soft metal and standard battery cables. Other features include:

o Narrow jaw that fits into tight spaces

o Tapered pry wedge to open doors and windows

o Spanner wrench tightens and loosens up to 6-inch hose couplings

o Gas shut-off valve slot

o Window punch that easily shatters safety glass

"We talked to many firefighters about emergency situations, and we learned that they don't have time to search for the correct tool," notes DeArment. "The true advantage of the Rescue Tool line is that it allows first responders to carry a tool in their pocket that provides multiple life-saving functions."

The #89 Rescue Tool will be available for purchase on June 8, 2009. Learn more about the #89 Rescue Tool online at

Founded in 1886, Channellock, Inc. is a worldwide leader in the manufacture of high-quality pliers and assorted hand tools. For more information on CHANNELLOCK® products, rich history, sales contacts and current news, visit CHANNELLOCK at


Michele M. King,

Communications & Training Manager

Channellock, Inc.


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