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Last year the fire department responded to more than 400 motor vehicle accidents with many requiring the use of extrication equipment to free victims trapped by the wreckage.
Most of the tools used by the department are hydraulically powered; requiring hoses, a pump, and special hydraulic fluid. The tools are powerful, work great, and are dependable but they are nearing the end of their useful life. For the past three years, the department has been working on plans to upgrade some of this aging hydraulic equipment with battery operated tools. These new tools would eliminate the need for hoses, fluid, and an additional pump. Through last year’s budget process, the department was approved to purchase some of this new equipment.
With excitement, the new tools arrived during the first week of July. These new tools are powerful and offer the firefighters a lot more flexibility. Each tool has two batteries with a run time of 30 minutes on each battery. The firefighters have had several training sessions recently to become acquainted with the new tools and the response has been fantastic. All of the firefighters are excited about the ease of operation and reducing the time it takes to put the tool to work. C-shift was so excited after using the tools for the first time, they wanted to pose for a picture.
The fire department plans more upgrades this year to replace some of their older extrication equipment. The fire department would like to extend a special “THANK-YOU” to McLamb’s Auto Salvage for providing wrecked cars for the firefighters to use for training.