How Fire Rescue Blades Began

Birth of The EXTRACTOR Rescue Blade™ a new Standard in Fire Rescue Blades

Fire Rescue Blades, Inc. was started by Jim Bast, Sr. after his sons graduated from the fire academy and started jobs at their respective fire departments. Both departments were using abrasive blades and some diamond blades on their K-950 and K-960 Husqvarna rescue saws. Firefighters often lost valuable time changing abrasive blades or diamond blades when they broke in the middle of cutting something, and pieces of the blades often flew off at the speed of a bullet. Hearing about this,  Jim Sr. started on a quest to find or develop a truly dependable all-purpose diamond blade that could cut anything exceptionally fast and not break.

Jim Bast, Sr., is a volunteer CERT captain for the Delray Beach CERT program, which has 250 trained volunteers in 37 neighborhoods in the city.  He is extremely proud of his two sons, who are South Florida firefighter / paramedics: Capt. Jim Bast II (right), and Capt. Jeff Bast (left).

Jim Sr. had years of experience with gas cutoff saws used in the construction and demolition industries, and he knew many of the top blade manufacturers. A personal relationship with one on the leading edge of diamond blade technology and design ultimately led to him trademarking The EXTRACTOR Rescue Blade™.  It is a true high-tech high-quality all-purpose diamond fire rescue blade that cuts everything, and cuts it extremely fast without breaking.

A division chief of special operations and close friend of Jim Sr. was the first to put The EXTRACTOR Rescue Blade™ to the test. The chief’s firefighters found it cut everything extremely fast without breaking. The blade’s durability, extraordinary versatility and exceptional life were the best they had seen. The EXTRACTOR Rescue Blade™ was put on all the departments K12 rescue saws. From there, Jim took it to another fire department’s division chief of training and testing. This team of firefighters also cut everything they could get their hands on. When they finished, they called The EXTRACTOR Rescue Blade™ “phenomenal.”  They put the blade on all their rescue saws too.  By the time Jim made his third and fourth stops for testing at his sons’ fire departments, word of mouth had already spread like wildfire and The EXTRACTOR Rescue Blade™ quickly became in demand. So that was the birth of Fire Rescue Blades, Inc. and

The EXTRACTOR Rescue Blade™ has become the #1 rescue blade of choice of every fire department and SWAT team that has tested it. To date, no look-a-like copycat so-called all-purpose diamond blade has ever outperformed The EXTRACTOR Rescue Blade™.

The tests have been conducted under the harshest of conditions by professional firefighters and SWAT teams. The EXTRACTOR Rescue Blade™ always meets or exceeds expectations.  Twelve years later its still making history via Word of Mouth.

Fire Rescue Blades, Inc. is a privately owned business.  It sells directly to fire departments and police departments and the United States Government at hugely discounted prices. 85% of customers are referred by those using The EXTRACTOR Rescue Blade™ and Husqvarna saws.

Jim Sr. is committed to keeping his prices extremely low and affordable so all fire department and SWAT teams can have The EXTRACTOR Blade, the same phenomenal diamond rescue blade his own sons depend on daily.  

Our Mission Statement

Our mission is to listen carefully to our customers and work closely with our manufacturers to remain on the leading edge of diamond blade technology. We strive to surpass our customers expectations, providing the highest-quality rescue blades at the most affordable prices. We will always provide outstanding customer service to maintain long-lasting relationships.

Fire Rescue Blades, Inc. appreciates receiving testimonials, especially with videos or pictures demonstrating its blades in action. For submissions or questions contact Jim at (561) 702-0653 (9 a.m.-9p.m.) or [email protected]