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Ashland Fire & Rescue Receives Training on Extrication Equipment

Ashland Fire & Rescue will receive a full day of training for each shift on new extrication equipment January 11, 12, & 14. The afternoon portion of the class will be the hands use of the new equipment.

The extrication equipment was purchased with an $80,000 Assistance to Firefighters Grant from FEMA. The grant has allowed the purchase of a new cutter, spreader, and two types of rams that will be placed on each of the two first out engines. New airbags, cribbing and struts were also purchased which allow the stabilization of vehicles to facilitate safe rescue. Previously, neither of the engines responded with extrication equipment. A new combi-tool will be placed on two of the ambulances. Extrication equipment is used on accident scenes to cut open vehicles and push away the dash when necessary to rescue a patient.

Established in 1887, Ashland Fire & Rescue provides twenty-four-hour service and responds to over 3,900 calls each year in an area that exceeds 650 square miles.

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