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Three Fire Agencies Getting New Jaws Of Life

They’ve been known as the “jaws of life”, helping remove accident victims from severely damaged vehicles. And now three Western Nevada County fire agencies are being awarded a $70,000 state traffic safety grant to purchase new extrication equipment. Only 7 such grants were available. County Consolidated Fire District Deputy Chief, Jerry Funk, says his department, along with the Grass Valley and Peardale Chicago Park departments, will get state of the art technology to speed up rescues. He says some of the equipment is over 20 years old…

click to listen to Jerry Funk

Last year, the three departments responded to 423 injury accidents, although only 17 required hydraulic extrication equipment…

click to listen to Jerry Funk

Funk says the new equipment, which should be available by early spring, will also operate on batteries instead of gasoline pumps. The State Office of Traffic Safety says traffic deaths increased nearly 17% from 2010 to 2015 in California. And numbers are expected to be higher in 2016.

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