Foresthill Fire Protection District is the recipient of a $50,000.00 grant to purchase new extrication equipment. Known as the “jaws of life,” first responders use these specialized tools to safely rescue crash victims trapped inside a vehicle.
“This new equipment will help reduce the time it takes for us to safely reach someone who needs immediate medical attention,” said Foresthill Fire District Fire Chief Jed Matcham. “The OTS grant funding has given us the opportunity to purchase modern rescue tools and provide training to first responders that is critical for the care of those injured in crashes.” We have needed to purchase these tools for many years and now, thanks to this grant, we have been able to get the new equipment we desperately needed.
Delays in providing care to crash victims impacts the “golden hour” of survival, a core principle in the emergency medical services industry. Reducing the time it takes to get to the patient, treat what can be treated, and transport the patient to the hospital helps increase the chance for recovery.
Funding for this program was provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
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