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Grant providing life-saving equipment for Butte County fire crews

Cal Fire Butte Unit received new life-saving equipment thanks to a grant from California Water Service.

Posted: Jun 9, 2020 11:58 AM

BUTTE COUNTY, Calif. – Cal Fire Butte Unit received new life-saving equipment thanks to a grant from California Water Service.

Crews now have a new extrication tool to one of their fire engines. It will allow for a faster, more efficient, and safer extrication process, according to Cal Fire officials.

The department said they respond to more than 1,000 traffic collisions on local roadways, each year. Many of these accidents requiring extrication of a driver or passengers.

Cal Water awarded $10,000 to the Butte County Fire Department as part of its Firefighter Grant Program, for the purchase of a hydraulic extrication ram, extension, charger, and batteries from Holmatro.

“We are grateful to Cal Water for this generous grant to our department,” said John Messina, Interim Fire Chief. “This new addition to our toolbox will make a real difference in saving lives in our community.”

The new Holmatro Telescoping Ram is now in service on a fire engine in Chico, able to respond throughout Butte County, officials said.

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Lightning-caused fires will be a concern over the next few days as thunderstorms enter the forecast. We stay warm to begin next week but cool into the 70s by Wednesday.
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