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SPRINGFIELD, Ore. – Mohawk Valley firefighters said they will be able to better serve the community with their new extrication equipment they received earlier this month.
KEZI spoke with Steven Wallace the Fire Chief at Mohawk Valley Rural Fire District. He said the new extrication equipment also known as the "Jaws of Life" will help them save lives more efficiently.
Wallace said with help from the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation they were able to replace their extrication equipment that was more than 25-years-old with new equipment. He said the new equipment cost upward to $22,000. Wallace said they got the new equipment in the beginning of the month and have been in service for the last two weeks. However, he said they used the new equipment for the first time Saturday night when they found a woman trapped in her car after she crashed.
"The new extrication equipment was used to quickly gain access to the patient by removing a door, so we could provide lifesaving treatment and get her extricated and loaded on a life flight helicopter and transported to River Bend Hospital," Wallace said.
He said the new equipment has allowed them to perform their duties more effectively.
"With the new vehicles that are coming out, the metals are stronger and harder to cut,” Wallace said. “This equipment will get through those metals and we can go from the compartment to car in about a minute where it used to take us three to four minutes to get that equipment set up and start that lifesaving extrication."
Wallace said another benefit with the new equipment are that they are battery powered and more portable.
He said moving forward they will continue to modernize their equipment to ensure they are able to serve the community more effectively.