By Stan Ashbee
Westwind Weekly News
Raymond’s fire department was recently selected as a recipient of the fall 2020 Community Priorities Fund from the Community Foundation of Lethbridge and SouthwesternAlberta. According to a recent media release, the grant application was submitted in the spring of2020. However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, “we were told our grant selection would be delayed until the fall,” it was stated by the firedepartment.
A grant of $15,000 for the Raymond Fire Department Society Extrication Accessory Tools Project couldn’t have come at a better time, according to the mediarelease. “Over the past several months many of the calls the department has responded to have been for motor vehicleaccidents. The use of extrication tools, commonly referred to as ‘The Jaws of Life,’are instrumental in helping to extricate trapped patients from damagedvehicles.”
Fire Chief Doug Holt stated, “the grant we received from the Community Foundation of Lethbridge and Southwestern Alberta was instrumental in allowing us to upgrade our old, dated tools to new state-of-the art battery-operated rescuetools.”
It was pointed out, the three new rescue tools purchased with the aid of the grant include cutters, spreaders and aram. “All three tools operate on large batteries, which eliminates the need for gasoline-powered hydraulic systems with hoses and heavytools.”
“The new tools allow our highly-trained volunteers to navigate wreckage, work simultaneously and reduce the time members of our community spend trapped inaccidents. Most of our volunteer firefighters have been certified in Vehicle Extrication FFTS-S100 and now have the tools to help them,” statedHolt.
This grant will benefit the citizens of Raymond and residents of the County of Warner surrounding the town for many years to come.