CAPE CORAL, Fla.- Cape Coral firefighters are using a new rescue tool, called The Big Easy, to get inside of locked vehicles.
For this demonstration the doors on this vehicle are locked, but inside is a young boy waiting to be rescued. As the minutes pass, the inside of this car is getting hotter and hotter.
"We'll check out the patient and see what kind of level of distress they are in and if it looks like they feel comfortable and they will use The Big Easy."
Every 10 minutes the temperature inside of a locked car will raise about 20 degrees and every 20, it will raise 30 degrees.
"He's putting the wedge in the door, so he can put the cuff in, so he can push out the door without damaging the vehicle."
It's equipment that has developed dramatically in helping these firefighters have successful recoveries.
"Now, he's pumping up the inflatable cuff so he can stick the rod in there and hopefully work the locking mechanism to open the door."
They say this rescue tool will also help eliminate some problems their old equipment may have caused.
"We were jamming the rods of Slim Jims down in the cars and breaking mechanisms and shorting out wires, which causes fire in the car doors and people have come back to the city to seek reimbursement for the damage we have done trying to do the right thing."
Firefighters at Station 8 have already started their training with the tool. The Big Easy will be on all fire trucks in Cape Coral.