Hydraulic extraction tools, better known as the Jaws of Life, can cut through metal like scissors through paper and have proven themselves to be invaluable in critical rescue missions. But they come with a hefty price tag, as the Turlock Rural Fire Department can attest.
The TRFD is trying to purchase new equipment to replace an outdated set that has been out of service for a year.
“The equipment we have now has been in service for 20 to 25 years, and it’s not designed for the vehicles that are on the road now,” said TRFD Capt. Ken Howenstine.
The cost of hydraulic rescue equipment can range from $25,000 to $40,000, depending on the tools needed. Having generated some funds already, the TRFD is hoping to fund raise around $20,000 in order to make the purchase.
Recently, the TRFD has been working with AAA to raise the funds and that effort has generated $6,685 so far, Howenstine said.
The TRFD is accepting donations for the equipment and they can be sent to the department at 690 W. Canal Drive, Turlock, Ca. 95380.