Fireman's Fund Insurance Company awarded a $7,015 grant to the Needham Fire Department to purchase a power unit for department's extrication equipment, which allows firefighters to rescue victims of vehicle crashes more quickly and efficiently, according to a press release.
Over the last several years, auto manufacturers have strengthened cars with more durable metals, making it increasingly difficult for firefighters to cut through vehicles to rescue victims in serious car crashes. The tools used in these rescues are powered by hydraulics and can cut through metal to free trapped victims. By upgrading to a newer, more powerful hydraulic unit, firefighters are able to rescue patients faster, increasing their chances of survival.
A public event to present the "big-check" grant will be held on March 27 at the Needham Fire Department, 88 Chestnut St. at 1:30 p.m.
Department's officials, firefighters, and executives from Fireman’s Fund will come together for this event, where the new equipment will be displayed.
“As firefighters, our success is measured by rapid response times and rapid access to our patients,” said Fire Chief Paul Buckley. “It is imperative we reach injured victims as quickly as possible. This power unit will allow us to respond to any emergency situation knowing we have the tools to provide the highest quality service.”
The grant is part of a nationwide philanthropic program funded by Fireman’s Fund Insurance Company. Through the program, grants are awarded to fire service organizations for life-saving equipment, firefighter training and community education programs.
Since 2004, Fireman’s Fund has awarded grants to more than 1,900 different organizations totaling more than $30 million – including more than $200,000 in Massachusetts.
To learn more about the grant program and other grants awarded in Massachusetts, visit www.firemansfund.com/heritage.