An area fire department is in top shape to respond to vehicle crashes following the recent purchase of new vehicle rescue equipment.
The Pleasant Valley Fire District in Plain City recently purchased several tools, including an air chisel, an air powered impact wrench, a grinder, chains and an acetylene torch.
“It will complement our existing capabilities and give us more options in an emergency,” according to R.C. Fellows, the department’s rescue coordinator.
The torch is a new addition to the current rescue equipment, and a tool that some of the department’s members have never worked with. Firefighters have been working with the Tolles Career & Technical Center’s Welding and Fabrication class on torch operations.
The students in the class taught the firefighters how to safely use the torch and several techniques to effectively cut metal in an emergency setting.
“The professionalism demonstrated by the kids as they trained the adults was something to watch,” he said. “If the way they handled themselves during the class is an example of how these students will perform in life, they have a bright future ahead of them because they were outstanding helping the firefighters learn a new skill.
The purchase was possible as a result of donations from two organizations, according to Chief Mark Kidd. The Plain City Polar Bears donated $600 from their annual swim/fundraiser and the Plain City Lions Club donated $500.
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