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Kingwood VFD Shows Off New Extrication Tools

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KINGWOOD -

No one likes the idea of being trapped after a car crash. If it does happen, you want someone who knows what he's doing there to get you out.

Residents of Kingwood have that in their local rescue team.

The Kingwood Volunteer Fire Department recently bought new extraction tools. It held a demonstration on Monday to show the community the tools and teach firefighters how to use them.

"No one wants to get that call that one of their loved ones was in an accident," said Susie Sheets, president of the Ladies Auxiliary for the Volunteer Fire Department. "It's just comforting to know that they have the access to the tools to adequately get the patients out of the car, be it a loved one or a neighbor."

The Kingwood VFD upgraded its whole system. It bought new cutters, spreaders and rams. This allows firefighters to reach patients better and faster.

"This equipment cuts, spreads and displaces metal on automobiles," said Assistant Chief Perry Barlow. "It either pushes it, pulls it, or literally tears it or cuts in half like a pair of scissors."

The fire department noticed an increase in calls for car accident rescues. Barlow said the department now gets more calls for accidents than fires.

Newer cars are made with stronger metal, and the new tools cut right through it.

"It's a big asset to us, it's one of the few sets in the county that is able to take care of the new metal technologies in the automobiles today," said Barlow. "It's a needed piece of equipment, several pieces of equipment actually."

The Ladies Auxiliary contributed funds for the fire department to buy the new equipment. Sheets said they help the fire department in any way they can.

"Firemen are a family, themselves. They contribute a lot of time away from their families at home to serve everybody in the community and I just think it's a wonderful thing," said Sheets.

The Kingwood Volunteer Fire Department said the newer model cars and the increase in rescues and extrications were both reasons for getting an update on the equipment.