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DeFuniak Springs firefighters get new, lifesaving equipment

From left to right:  James Stultz, FF/EMT; Austin Arnold FF/EMT; Lieutenant Garrett Miller,...
From left to right: James Stultz, FF/EMT; Austin Arnold FF/EMT; Lieutenant Garrett Miller, FF/Medic; Corey Galloway, FF/Medic; Ross Sheffield, Fire Chief; Brian Foreman, FF(Christopher Mitchell, Public Information Officer)
Updated: Jun. 9, 2021 at 4:18 PM CDT
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DEFUNIAK SPRINGS, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - The latest in lifesaving technology is now part of DeFuniak Springs’ firefighters’ equipment.

Friday, June 4th, city leaders say firefighters received new extrication tools, or “Jaws of Life,” to be put on city fire engines.

To get crews familiar with them, they practiced cutting up donated wrecked vehicles.

“All we have to do is grab the tools from the fire engine and we can get straight to work,” DeFuniak Springs Fire Chief Ross Sheffield said. “The equipment we’ve just replaced is close to 20 years old, is gasoline-powered, was extremely heavy, and required extensive set up before beginning to remove an injured patient trapped in a vehicle.”

The new equipment is battery-powered. One battery is supposed to last through the time it would take to disassemble an entire vehicle before needing to be changed. Officials say this means quicker patient access and quicker transport to local hospitals.

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