The Destin Fire Control District received a 30,000 dollar donation from the Firehouse Subs Public Safety foundation for new live saving equipment.
These funds are made possible by customers purchasing two dollar pickle jars, and rounding up their check to the nearest dollar, which donates the difference to the Foundation.
Ken Stange, Firehouse Subs Franchisee and two local Firehouse Subs employees watched the firefighters use the equipment for the first time Thursday morning.
“It’s one of the best things that I have to look forward to, being able to just give these guys the live saving the tools that they need, it’s fantastic,” Stange said.
Kevin Sasser, the Destin Fire Control District Fire Chief said the donation provided them with equipment that is essential for automobile accidents.
“It provided us with a cutter, a spreader, and a ram, which are the typical three tools that we’ll have to use on any vehicle accident,” he said. “With those three tools we can do anything we need to to a vehicle.”
Sasser said the ‘Jaws of Life’ will also make a difference between seconds and minutes in their response time, compared to their old equipment.
“Before these tools, we would have to pull a motor off, plus the hoses, hook those up, crank the motor, and hope it runs as it’s supposed to — and then put the tools to use,” he said. “So there were minutes it would take to get set up.”
Tom Winkler, Hurst Rescue Tool Specialist said these tools will help save time, and potentially someone’s life.
“In trauma circles we try to get the patients to the trauma surgeon within the golden hour, they stand the best chance of survival after that hour and the first part of that is getting people out of the car,” he said.
The new equipment is going to both fire stations, improving response times across the district.