SHERBURNE – After raising more than $20,000, the Sherburne Fire Department was able to replace an expensive piece of life saving equipment. On Wednesday night, the department accepted the delivery of a new set of hydraulic rescue tools.
The hydraulic rescue tools, or as they are commonly known, jaws of life, cost the department approximately $20,500, but according to Assistant Fire Chief Jansen Casscles, in an emergency situation, the equipment is worth every penny.
“In true emergencies, we probably use this equipment half a dozen times a year,” said Casscles. The equipment is used for cutting people out of cars after an accident, and Casscles explained “that’s when the timer starts, and the faster we can get them out, the better.” Without this equipment, Casscles said the department could have to rely on mutual aid from neighboring departments, and as many of the nearby squads are made up of volunteers, the response time for an accident isn’t always as fast as it could be.