Edmond firefighters are training this week with hydraulic tools used to rescue trapped victims from vehicles.
Thanks to city taxpayers, the Edmond Fire Department now has more tools strategically positioned at fire stations near Interstate 35, meaning quicker response times there and elsewhere in Edmond, Fire Maj. Joe Elam said.
It’s the first department-wide round of training with the tools in several years, Elam said. This week’s round is possible due to an arrangement with Cars and Parts by Tim, a Guthrie company, which gives the agency vehicles to use at no cost, he said.
Elam said the Edmond Fire Department gets to train its firefighters and then the vehicles are returned to the company which can then sell them for scrap. It takes 18 vehicles to train the entire department, he said.
When working a crash involving a victim trapped in a vehicle, Edmond rescue personnel use hydraulic tools including cutters, spreaders and rams, Elam said. Hurst Performance held the original Jaws of Life trademark, but today there are multiple manufacturers.
Firefighters are undergoing the training this week at the EFD’s regional training center.
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