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New life saving equipment

Batavia, N.Y. The City of Batavia Fire Department is spending the weekend training on new rescue equipment.

In January, the department was awarded a $63,544.00 FEMA Assistance of Firefighters Grant.

That grant allowed the department to send some firefighters to the Utica Fire Academy for training and buy a number of rescue equipment, including hydraulic spreader and cutter.

This new tool will actually cut high-strength steel, said Captain Craig Williams of the City of Batavia Fire Department. "Our old one wouldnt, so we had to keep up with the times.

The new equipment will enable firefighters to rescue someone trapped in a vehicle faster.

With the old combination tool you could only cut so deep into something because it would start pinching on the metal where the spreaders were, said Williams. On this tool here actually has a bigger opening on the cutter and you can actually go in all the way. So you can cut up to six inches in one cut where with the other one you might only get up to three inches if youre lucky.

Quick work is essential during a rescue, which is why the department is very happy to have the new tools.

If we can save a couple of minutes cutting somebody out it gives them a better chance of making it through the whole process at the hospital, said Williams.

All 32 firefighters in the department are training with the new equipment.

 
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