Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation awarded grant funding for Polk County Fire Rescue to purchase an eDRAULIC Hurst Jaws of Life. The eDRAULIC Hurst Jaws of Life is a set of life-saving, battery-powered tools that doesn’t need hoses or additional power units when freeing trapped occupants in vehicles.
“Earlier this year one of our engines responded to a passenger vehicle that had crashed into a tree,” said Deputy County Manager Gary Hester. “The vehicle was on fire and the occupant was trapped. Crews on scene were able to control the fire, but had to wait for the arrival of another fire engine that was equipped with the needed extrication equipment.”
This equipment can also be used to gain emergency access to locked structures when traditional methods will not work. Some examples of this include prying through burglar bars and opening security doors during fires.
“We plan to equip all of our fire engines with extrication equipment this year,” said Fire Chief Tony Stravino. “This will improve our rescue capabilities of patients who are entrapped.”
An eDRAULIC Hurst Jaws of Life set is approximately $30,000. Polk Fire Rescue currently has 45 stations. “The grant funding we’re receiving from Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation will help us provide better service to our citizens,” Hester added.
A celebratory dedication event is planned. The date is to be determined.
In 2005, Firehouse Subs created the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation with the mission of providing funding, life-saving equipment, and educational opportunities to first-responders and public safety organizations. Through the non-profit 501(c)(3), Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation has given more than $23 million to hometown heroes in 46 states, Puerto Rico and Canada, including more than $4 million in Florida.
For more information about Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation visit https://www.firehousesubs.com/firehouse-subs-public-safety-foundation/