Thursday, July 24, 2014

News
Jaws Of Life Needed In Bullock County
By Sarah Cantey


In a time of a car crash, when seconds matter, it may not be reassuring to know that an essential piece of rescue equipment could take up to 45 minutes to get there. 

 
This is the reality in Bullock County where there is only one set of "jaws of life" equipment, mainly used to cut someone out of a wrecked car.
 
It was stationed in Union Springs but because of issues with the rescue truck, since November the equipment is now on a truck in southern Bullock County. 
 
The Almeria Volunteer Fire Department is now responsible for covering the entire county with one set of equipment, meaning they could be up to 45 minutes away. 
 
The fire association is hoping to move the equipment to Union Springs or get another pair. But that comes at a $18-24,000 price tag. 
 
President Bullock County Fire Association Allen Bolden said, "If you are driving through the county or if you live in the county and you have an auto accident or if you have a farming accident, this might be the only way to get you out. Is to cut you out. And they have been used in industry you know if you get hung up in a piece of equipment inside a plant or anything you may have to have them to cut you out." 
 
The jaws are owned by the association, making it harder for them to apply for FEMA grants since they are not an actual department.
 
There is a donation account set up at the Ameri-First Bank for anyone who would like to donate.