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THE Jamaica Fire Brigade has received rescue tools valued at approximately US$35,000, as part of efforts to boost its operations.
More popularly called the 'jaws of life', the rescue equipment -- manufactured by Hurst -- include a combination of cutting and spreading tools, stabilisers and rams, which are used to assist with the extrication of casualties during an accident.
The equipment will be located at the York Park Fire Station and will serve the Kingston and St Andrew Metropolitan Area. They were donated by ABC Electrical Sales.
Following the handing-over at the York Park Fire Station in Kingston on Thursday, Commissioner Laurie Williams disclosed that several firefighters have received training to operate the tools.
He noted that they will assist in enhancing the capabilities of the firefighters as well as bring a certain degree of professionalism to the activities that are conducted by members of the Brigade.
Expressing gratitude for the donation, Commissioner Williams said the "top-of-the-line" equipment will allow the officers to extricate casualties from vehicles whenever the need arises.
Instructor and representative from Hurst, Paul Felegy, said the firefighters who were trained to use the state-of-the-art equipment were appreciative of the device and eager to learn.
He said that it will assist them in carrying out their duties more efficiently. "It eliminates having an external power unit and hoses to give you more freedom to do your job and do your extrication and also have a (quieter) atmosphere for better communication," he said.
The first batch of 12 firefighters who have been trained to operate the equipment will, over time, train other members to use the tools.
Jamaica Fire Brigade Commissioner Laurie Williams (right) examines a hydraulic cutter during a handing-over
ceremony at the York Park Fire Station in Kingston on Thursday. Others sharing in the moment are Paul Felegy
(left), instructor and representative from Hurst, and Assistant Commissioner Raymond Spencer. (PHOTO: JIS)
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