Through the grant, Irving firefighters will learn the skills needed to repair and service extrication equipment and other essential rescue tools. Extrication equipment is used to more efficiently and rapidly rescue victims trapped in cars, collapsed buildings or other treacherous environments. Powered by hydraulics, these devices can cut through metal to free trapped victims. Without this equipment, it takes longer to rescue accident victims, decreasing their chances of survival.
“It’s critical that our firefighters have the tools to provide the best service possible to the community,” said Assistant Fire Chief Rusty Wilson. “We are extremely thankful for this grant. This truly enables us to provide an increased level of service to the community by keeping our rescue equipment in working order.”
“Equipping first responders with the latest life-saving training is critical to ensuring the safety of both firefighters and local residents,” added Lundquist. “I’m proud to be able to support this community in such a meaningful way.”
The grant is part of a nationwide philanthropic program, which is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year. Founded in 1863 with a social mission to support the fire service, Fireman’s Fund awards grants to fire service organizations for life-saving equipment, firefighter training and community education programs.