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Cohasset Fire Department Upgrades Jaws Of Life Tools


INJURIES AND TWO PASSENGERS IN HIS TRUCK WERE NOT INJURED. THE MINNESOTA STATE PATROL REPORTS THAT THE ROAD CONDITIONS DURING THE CRASH WERE SNOWY AND ICY.>>DENNIS: THE COHASSET FIRE DEPARTMENT HAS APPROVED A NET OF JAWS OF LIFE TOOLS LAST AUGUST. LAKELAND REPORTER SHIRELLE MOORE TELLS US WHAT THAT’S THE TOOLS THE BEST OF THEIR KIND.>>THIS ONE HERE IS A CUTTER FOR CUTTING DOOR HINGES, CUTTING PANELS OFF THE SIDE.>>BEING RIGHT ON HIGHWAY 2 CAN HAVE ITS PERKS. CARS ARE ALWAYS PASSING THROUGH, WHICH COULD BRING MORE BUSINESS TO YOUR CITY. BUT MORE CARS COULD ALSO POTENTIALLY MEAN MORE ACCIDENTS.>>RIGHT HOW HERE IS THE MAIN HIGHWAY, SO WE GET MANY CAR ACCIDENTS. BACK YEARS AGO WHEN I FIRST GOT ON, WE DIDN’T EVEN HAVE JAWS OF LIFE, SO WE ALWAYS HAD TO CALL GRAND RAPIDS FIRE DEPARTMENT.>>THE COHASSET FIRE DEPARTMENT RECEIVES OVER 200 CALLS PER YEAR AND THEIR OLD JAWS OF LIFE WERE GEL REALLY OLD. ANOTHER DECISION, HYDRAULIC VERSUS BATTERY POWERED.>>WE TRIED OUT PROBABLY FOUR DIFFERENT BRANDS FROM THE HYDRAULICS TO THE BATTERY-POWERED ONES, AND BEING VERY NERVOUS ABOUT THE BATTERIES BEING IN COLD WEATHER, BUT THEY’RE TESTED. THEY’VE TESTED THEM UP IN ALASKA, COLD WEATHER INCIDENTS. THEY’VE GOT THE SAME POWER.>>THIS HERE IS WHAT THEY CALL THE RAM, HYDRAULIC RAM. WHETHER YOU HAVE TO LIFT THE — TO GET PEOPLE’S FEET UNTANGLED OR WHATEVER.>>THREE PARTS TOTAL, AND THEY ALSO HAVE A LONG BATTERY DEPARTMENT. THE COHASSET FIRE DEPARTMENT SAYS A LOT OF FIRE STATIONS SWITCHED TO BATTERY POWERED, SO THEY SEEMED LIKE A GOOD FIT.>>NOW INSTEAD OF TWO GUYS, ONE GRABBING THE POWER PACK OUT OF THE TRUCK AND ONE GRABBING THE TOOL, ONE GUY CAN GRAB THE TOOL, AND YOU’RE DONE INTO THE VEHICLE, WHATEVER. THERE’S NO MAINTENANCE AS FAR AS A GAS ENGINE THAT YOU HAVE TO DEAL WITH.>>SO FAR, THE COHASSET FIRE DEPARTMENT HAS ONLY HAD TO USE THE TOOLS ONE TIME. ALTHOUGH THEY’RE HOPING TO NEVER HAVE TO TAKE THEM OUT OF THE TRUCK.>>HOPEFULLY EVERYBODY WILL BE AS SAFE DRIVING AND SO THAT THESE NEVER HAVE TO BE TESTED OUT. WE DO HAVE THEM IN CASE WE NEED THEM, BUT WE HOPE WE DON’T EVER HAVE TO USE THEM.>>REPORTING IN COHASSET, SHIRELLE MOORE, LAKELAND NEWS.>>DENNIS: THE COHASSET FIRE DEPARTMENT IS LOOKING FOR

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