|SVFD Upgrades Extrication Tools|
|By SVFD Webteam|
|July 31, 2019|
The Chiefs and officers of the SVFD are constantly looking for and evaluating new equipment that will help us accomplish our goal of protecting life and property in the Somers Fire District. The SVFD responds to approximately 150 motor vehicle accidents a year, many of which are serious in nature. One area of concern to the officers was our aging Hurst hydraulic extrication tools also known as the "jaws of life." In recent years there have also been many technological advances in the extrication tool market which has revolutionized the field. Between our aging equipment causing rising maintenance costs and the new battery power technology advances the Chief's office started looking at options for upgrading and quickly decided on the Hurst eDRAULIC. The Board of Fire Commissioners after hearing the proposal and evaluating the equipment was able to allocate money for this upgrade.
The Somers FD previously had a full set of extrication tools on Rescue 20 and some minimal extrication tools on Utility 5. With this upgrade all of the extrication tools on Rescue 20 have been upgraded and a full matching compliment is going in service on Engine 185 (Granite Springs Firehouse). This will greatly improve our response capabilities as there will now be extrication equipment on both sides of the district. A breakdown of the equipment is as follows:
This joint project between the Fire Chief's office and the Somers Fire District will greatly enhance the operational response capabilities of the department and this equipment will serve the Town of Somers for many years to come!