Jan 5, 2016 7:25 PM by David McVicker
Shasta County firefighters are looking to sharpen the teeth to their Jaws of Life.
The State of California Office of Traffic Safety awarded a $98,000 grant to the Shasta County Fire Department to purchase state-of-the-art vehicle extraction equipment, according to a Cal Fire news release. Officials said the old equipment is outdated.
Shasta Fire Chief Mike Hebrard said the new equipment will help save lives for years to come.
“This equipment can help firefighters provide a faster and more efficient extrication of victims trapped in a severely damaged vehicle when every minute counts,” he said.
Records show that the number of people injured or killed in vehicle collision rose slightly since 2010. In 2014 alone, there were 3,074 fatalities on state roadways.
Shasta Fire officials said the “high-tech” extrication equipment for emergency responders, ill assist in efforts to reduce the number of persons killed in traffic collisions.