By Jason Casey
Special to Independent Newsmedia
The Arizona Governor’s of Highway Safety awarded funding to the Sun City Fire District for the replacement of extrication equipment used for emergency medical services.
This equipment is used during situations when victims involved in a motor vehicle accident become trapped within their vehicle. The equipment is instrumental in performing lifesaving extrication procedures requiring heavy lifting and stabilization of heavy equipment.
“This equipment, often referred to as the Jaws of Life, is vital in rescue efforts for victims trapped within their vehicle and their life is in danger,” said Ron Deadman, Sun City fire chief.
Fire departments across the country have been using extrication equipment to rescue trapped victims on roadways for decades. It is important for fire departments to upgrade their equipment as needed for various reasons, such as automobile technology and advances or aging equipment. The funds are often not available within normal operating budgets and especially during tough economic times, like fire districts have seen over the last decade, according to Mr. Deadmaqn. Therefore, grant opportunities are often sought out.
“The generosity of the funding by the U.S. Department of Transportation in conjunction with the Arizona Governor’s and Highway Safety has made the purchase to replace outdated equipment a reality,” Mr. Deadman said.
The grant award totals $31,926 and will be placed on Ladder 131 at Fire Station 131, 17017 N. 99th Ave. The extrication equipment was ordered, received and placed into service June 1.
Editor’s Note: Mr. Casey is Sun City Fire and Medical Department public information officer.