The Peebles Volunteer Fire Department Incorporated has purchased a new set of extrication tools to be used to access damaged vehicles and other similar circumstances where victims are trapped.
“The tools we were using were 1997 models,” Chief Mike Estep said. “It’s not that they’re old - they still work fine, but they’re obselete. Cars are built with newer metal that the old tools have a hard time cutting.”
The $19,000 Halmatro Extrication Tools were purchased using a $1,200 donation from GE as a down payment on a five-year loan from Republican First National out of Columbus. The fire department opted to go this route, as the Village of Peebles didn’t have the funding to purchase the tools.
The Peebles Fire Department purchased the new equipment from Vogelpoel Fire Equipment in Erlanger, Ky., which sells everything from protective gloves to fire hoses.
“These are USA made, hydraulic extrication tools with a three-stage pump and a Honda engine, and they’re capable of applying 210,000 pounds of cutting force,” Adam Bowsher, sales representative for Vogelpoel, said. “They’re lighter weight and have are faster to operate than the older tools which would only apply about 50,000 pounds of cutting force. The new car technology has frames made with steel and boron, which the old tools have a hard time with.”