JAMESTOWN – The Jamestown Fire Department will receive a $48,637 federal grant to pay for new tools to extract victims from wrecked vehicles, New York’s U.S. senators announced Friday.
Sens. Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand said the grant money will be used to replace extraction equipment that is more than 25 years old. This equipment, commonly known as the “Jaws of Life,” will provide a quicker way to remove injured and trapped people from vehicles. The tools will include cutters, airbags that lift vehicles, and stabilization bars.
The grant was awarded through the Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program of the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Department of Homeland Security.