Along with fighting fires, Shrewsbury Volunteers prides ourselves on the ability to handle vehicle accident and rescue incidents. Throughout the years we have always tried to keep up with technology in vehicle extrication techniques and tools. Our members train constantly to be proficient and try new ideas. Today was another example. Our department reached out to rescue tool dealers for the ability to examine current battery operated tools and then use them in a training environment. Our current rescue tools are connected to hydraulic hoses and operate at high pressures. The new generation battery operated tools reportedly operate just as good or better then our current tools. Battery operated tools also provide an unlimited operational range since they are not connected to 100 foot hoses on our heavy rescue squad.
Hurst Jaws of Life Rescue Tools contacted us and was able to provide excellent training. Last Tuesday night we had classroom session and went over the capabilities and usage of the equipment. Today, our department took Engine 61-2 and Rescue 61 to Brown’s Junkyard and spent 6 hours using the new tools and dismantling over 6 vehicles. Proven techniques and new adaptations on vehicle rescue were completed. The tools operated exceptionally well. At day’s end the crews were tired but happy with the rescue tool’s performance. We will continue to look at options and make decisions in the future on our rescue tool inventory. COVID has impacted our department which is pushing capitol purchases back. Grants are being looked at and in the end our ability to work at vehicle accidents and rescues will be even better. Keep posted on our progress on this upgrade project.
Thank you to the following who made this day possible.
-Station 61 officers and members for their time and commitment
-John Brown’s Salvage and Junkyard for allowing us to practice
-Alliance Fire and Rescue Services for relocating Rescue 77 to Shrewsbury Station 61 for the day.
-Hurst Jaws of Life Tools and MES Fire ( John Morgalis and John Sileski ) for providing equipment and advisement.