The Thayne Volunteer Fire Department is working to purchase new Jaws of Life Equipment. The new equipment is battery powered, as compared to hydraulic.
“Basically the newer equipment is stronger, quicker, more mobile because it is not attached to hoses like the hydraulic jaws of life are, its a little lighter and easier to use,” said Fire Chief Lance Skinner. “We just purchased a cutter for $11,000. We want to purchase a spreader, which will be about $9,000 and a ram, which will be just over $8,000. Altogether it is about $30,000 worth or equipment.”
This last week Star Valley Medical Center presented an $11,000 check to the Thayne Volunteer Fire Department to be used toward purchase of the equipment.
“Star Valley Medical Center is always looking for ways to give back to the communities it serves,” said Joel Johnson, public relations director at SVMC. “Having better equipment in the hands of first responders is better for patients and can make a big difference in the amount of time it takes to get people involved in some kind of accident to the hospital.”
According to Medical Center CEO Charlie Button, “it’s all connected.”
“We all need to work together and do what we can to help where we can because that is better for everybody,” Button said.
According to Skinner, the Thayne Volunteer Fire Department will continue to raise money toward the purchase of the new equipment. Having additional Jaws of Life equipment available means that in a situation where multiple vehicles are involved in an accident, or where vehicles are pushed into areas where hydraulic equipment cannot access, other options exist.
“We can have multiple people working on a vehicle or use the best tools for any particular scenario,” he said. “This gives us more options.”
The fire department is accepting community donations toward the purchase of the equipment.
“We will keep chipping away at it,” said Skinner. “We are getting there.”