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Kern County Fire Department awarded grant to fund 'Jaws of Life' car extrication tool

Kern County Fire Department (FILE)
Posted at 5:01 PM, Oct 17, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-17 20:01:14-04

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — The Kern County Fire Department has been awarded a grant from the Office of Traffic Safety for the purchase of new extrication equipment that will be used to rescue crash victims.

The $40,200 grant will fund a tool, known as the "Jaws of Life," that first responders use to break apart a wrecked vehicle with the victims trapped inside.

Kern County fire officials said the new 'e-draulic' tools are lighter and easier to maneuver, allowing them to remove a trapped person more quickly.