The Fire – EMS Association is holding a can/bottle drive in an effort to raise funds to purchase new hydraulic rescue tools commonly known as “Jaws of Life.” The rescue tools are most often used by the emergency rescue personnel to assist vehicle extrication of crash victims. The tools include cutters, spreaders, door busters and rams. The association is hoping to raise the $35,000 needed to purchase the hydraulic tools over a 1-2 year period.
Chief Goodale said about the hydraulic tools the town presently owns, “The equipment is over 25 years old. Like with everything else, technology has changed. Automobile manufacturers have redesigned cars which are much tougher. Our tools are no longer effectively doing the job they were designed to do, it takes several more cuts or attempts.” The tools available now are double the strength of what the department has and are better suited to the stronger vehicles.
“The department has a history of being resourceful and this is a worthy fundraiser. Instead of discarding their cans, people can leave them in the trailer at the station. We’re also working on getting another trailer for a second location in town,” said Chief Goodale.
Cash donations will also be accepted. Checks can be made out to FIRE EMS JAWS OF LIFE FUND and should be mailed to the Fire – EMS Headquarters at 20 Church Street Upton.
The Association is made up of past and present members of the Upton Fire – EMS Department. Their mission is to support the fire department by providing equipment the town might not be able to afford and to provide scholarships.
Here is a video of “Jaws of Life” found on youtube.