Racine FD Receives Grant to Replace Jaws of Life

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Racine FD Receives Grant to Replace Jaws of Life

RACINE, Ohio – The Racine Fire Department recently received the FEMA’s Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) to replace the current set of hydraulic rescue tools (jaws of life) which are over 20 years old.

‘’Due to the high strength of metal material in the newer vehicle frames, it takes a higher pressure set of tools to cut the A post on automobile’s. With the number of severe crashes on US 33 the new tools will definitely speed up the extraction process. Which in some car crashes seconds count,” stated Fire Chief Boyd Bailey.

The AFG is the most competitive grant offered to the fire service, totaled $41,138. The primary goal of the Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) is to meet the firefighting and emergency response needs of fire departments and non-affiliated emergency medical service organizations.

Since 2001, AFG has helped firefighters and other first responders obtain critically needed equipment, protective gear, emergency vehicles, training and other resources necessary for protecting the public and emergency personnel from fire and related hazards.As of Aug. 27, 2021, FEMA has made 1,339 awards totaling $207.4 million.