Chase County Commission approves equipment purchase

By Ryann Brooks
Emporia Gazette – June 19, 2017
Submitted by Newz Group – July 20, 2017

The Chase County Commission unanimously approved a $14,981 request to purchase new vehicle extrication equipment during a meeting Monday afternoon.

Chase County Fire Chief Steve Fillmore said the fire department’s current equipment has been in need of updating, but the June 5 fatality accident on the turnpike moved him into action.

“Our old stuff was having a hard time tearing that car apart,” Fillmore said.

The new equipment is manufactured by TNT Rescue. Both Lyon and Butler counties currently use this brand of emergency extrication equipment, which Fillmore said will be helpful during multi-unit assists.

Fillmore broke the equipment replacement into three phases to make it easier on the fire department’s budget. The first phase purchase includes a pump, hoses and a spreader. The second phase will include a new cutter, telescoping ram and a push plate. The third phase will fund struts for unstable vehicles, which will protect both emergency personnel and the patients being extracted.

“There’s just no way I can do this all in one phase, and I think this is the more sensible road to take,” Fillmore said.

Commissioner Bill Fillmore said he supported the purchase.

“I don’t think we have a choice,” Bill Fillmore said. “I’m not crazy about spending that kind of money, but I guess if I’m pinned in that car, the price is pretty cheap.”

 

Posted by Gwen Dorr Romine, KSFFA Webmaster
http://www.ksffa.com
KSFFA’s Fire News Blog Home Page

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