December 6, 2012

Fire Department Benefit Will Help Fund New Extrication Tools

These high-powered cutters are part of the new Genesis Rescue System purchased recently by the Scotland County Fire Department.

Normally, getting out of a car is as simple as pulling the door handle and exiting. Unfortunately, following a motor vehicle accident, what was previously trouble-free can become nearly impossible.

A recent upgrade for the Scotland County Fire Department means emergency service personnel will have the advantage when it comes to extricating crash victims.

The department recently put in to service a new Genesis Rescue System to replace its old Jaws of Life, which had been in service for more than 20 years.

The department spent $25,500 to purchase the Genesis cutter, spreader and mini-cutter tools as well as stabilization kit. The firemen were able to cut nearly $4,600 off the purchase price by taking a demonstration unit, which came with the same warranty as a new purchase.

"We are planning to use these tools, so we weren't worried about a paint chip or two," said fireman Randy Trueblood. "We saved about 15% on the purchase price."

The cost of the new tools will be split equally three ways between the Scotland County Rural Fire Corporation, the City of Memphis, and the volunteer fire department.

To help meet the $8,500 portion of the bill, the volunteer firemen will be hosting a benefit in Memphis on Saturday, December 8th.

Dinner will start at 5:30 p.m. and feature a hog roast and pulled pork donated by Cargill and H & M Farms.

A benefit auction will be held at 7:30 p.m., featuring items donated by Oakwood, Mayberry Farms, M & O Concrete, The Sewin' Sistas, Broken Arrow Taxidermy and many others. The Scotland County Rural Fire Corporation will auction off a lifetime membership.

A dance will follow the auction from 9 p.m. to midnight courtesy of PT Woods Outlaw DJ Service.

Admission cost for the dinner and dance will be $20 per couple. Free rides home in Scotland County will be offered.

The firemen hope to raise enough to pay for the new extrication tools.

The new Genesis cutter, a C-236 model, offers 236,500 pounds of cutting force. The new spreader unit, a S49-XL model has 74,115 pounds of spreading force. That represents a nearly 600% increase from the 20-year old units that were replaced.

Other significant improvements center around the rescue system power unit. The new unit allows two tools to be utilized at the same time, through two separate pumping systems. Previously only one tool could be run at a time on the department's existing power source. In addition, the new power source, allows the dual flow to be combined into one unit, effectively doubling the speed of the tool.

The new C-30 mini cutter packs 30,000 pounds of cutting force into a much smaller package, allowing rescue workers to reach into much smaller working areas.

The Kodiak Stabilization kit utilizes aluminum alloy struts and ratchet straps to quickly stabilize damaged or overturned vehicles, supporting between 5,000 to 20,000 pounds of weight, per strut based on the height.

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