PARAGOULD, AR (KAIT) - The Paragould Fire Department is looking to upgrade equipment to become more compatible with other agencies.
"The more tools you have the better off you are, the faster you can get people out," Paragould Fire Chief Kevin Lang said.
Chief Lang told Region 8 News that the Paragould City Council will consider a resolution to waive competitive bidding for them to purchase new extrication equipment next week.
"Jaws of life, spreaders and cutters that we would use for vehicle extrication," Chief Lang said.
Not only is their current equipment roughly 13 years old, it's also not compatible with many departments in the region.
"We're trying to get tools that will make us, if we have a large scene here in Greene County, we have the same type tools that the Greene County Rescue Squad has," Chief Lang said. "If we're on a scene and someone has a power unit go down, we can use our power unit. We can use their power unit. It just makes us compatible with them."
Chief Lang said that extrication equipment is used for more than just cutting people free from vehicles too.
"If someone is involved in an industrial accident where they've somehow got tied up in a machine, separating them from the machine, those tools could possibly be used," Chief Lang said.
Having the new equipment will also help out the department if the Greene County Rescue Squad is already busy with an extrication.
"There could be times that they are out in the county on an extrication and if we were to have a wreck out here in front of the #1 fire station, I can assure you we're gonna get out there and extricate the folks," Chief Lang said.
Chief Lang said another perk to the new equipment is that it can be serviced close to home.
If the council approves waiving competitive bidding, the equipment will be purchased out of Harrison, AR.
Chief Lang said with their current equipment, the last time it was serviced, someone had to come to Paragould from East Tennessee to do it.
He estimated the equipment to cost roughly $43,000.
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