The abrasive jet cutting system was developed by Halliburton in 1991 to assist firefighting crews in Kuwait battle more than 700 fires. It is designed to be easily positioned on a burning well, and uses sand and water to abrade the wellhead or surface equipment. This allows the well to flow in a vertical direction, making it possible to extinguish the fire with water. The abrasive jet cutter was credited by many as the single most significant tool to shorten the amount of time required to control all the burning wells in Kuwait. Today, Boots & Coots owns the largest fleet of jet cutters in the world.