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How one Southern Utah fire department is defying the odds to save lives with powerful new equipment

How one Southern Utah fire department is defying the odds to save lives with powerful new equipment
Posted at 10:55 AM, Jan 06, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-06 22:47:15-05

ST. GEORGE — The Hildale-Colorado City Fire Department unveiled new, state-of-the-art equipment designed to assist in extricating the injured from crushed vehicles or confined spaces, thanks to a grant from the Arizona Governor’s Office of Highway Safety. The St. George News reports.

Time is key in surviving a vehicle crash, and having the tools needed to rapidly remove an occupant from a destroyed vehicle is critical. Proper equipment allows injured patients to be “quickly on their way to a trauma center by ambulance, or even by medical helicopter, if necessary,” Hildale-Colorado City Fire Chief Kevin Barlow said.

To that aim, the Fire Department is now sporting new battery-operated extrication tools after Arizona’s Highway Safety Director Alberto Gutier presented the department with a grant award of more than $11,800.

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