|Size||30 cm long|
A Fire Wand is a fire-fighting device. It uses a focused electrical field to push, bend and put out flames. The wand creates a field of around 1,000,000 volts per metre, which disconnects flame from the heat and fuel at its base, thus snuffing the fire.
In shape, the fire wand is a rod, around 300mm long, with a moulded handle at one end. The rod is connected to a power pack, via a heavy-duty cable. To use the fire wand, the device is activated and waved towards the flames, with a slashing or waving motion.
Different-sized power-packs are used with fire wands. Shipboard or domestic models use a small belt-mounted pack, around 200mm high, 150mm wide and 100mm thick and weighing 1kg, while the larger models used by professional fire-fighters feature a large backpack-mounted pack, around 600mm high, 250mm wide and 100mm thick and weighing 4kg. The smaller models give 10 minutes of use, larger models give 1 hour of use.