From time to time firefighters are faced with rescues that involve unstable surroundings such as crashed vehicle or collapsed buildings. For Boardman firefighters, a new tool will give them an added edge of safety.
On Monday, Boardman Fire Department received a "Res-Q-Jack" set and a set of five Maxi-Force Air Lifting Bags. Both the devices will improve rescue capabilities while ensuring the safety of both victims and firefighters.
Boardman fire Chief George Brown said there is a need for the new equipment.
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Working with the new “Res-Q-Jack” on Monday are Boardman firefighter Robert John, Assistant Chief Tim Drummond and soon-to-be sworn in firefighter Jessica Kollmorgen.
"We've had eight entrapments in the last month," Brown said.
The way the new "Res-Q-Jack" works is similar to a bumper jack, but with much better gripping and positioning capabilities. It can be stretched out to well over a person's head and can hold an unstable vehicle or structure in place, or can raise it 14 inches. The set is designed to rapidly allow for a vehicle or building to be stabilized to allow rescuers to treat and extricate patients.
Firefighters were trained on the new device on Monday. They first used them inside the station on U.S. 224, then went out back to a mock crash that involved a car on top of another car. It gave some hands-on experience for vehicle crashes.
Among those training were Jessica Kollmorgen, Shaun Serich, and Will Ferrando, who are all three new recruits. Brown said they are scheduled to be sworn in on Jan. 9. The three were invited to take part in the training so they will already be familiar with the devices.
The new "Res-Q-Jack" will be carried on the squad truck that responds to vehicle crashes.