Fines fund car crash rescue equipment
Karratha will be one of four regional towns to receive new heavy rescue equipment for road crash incidents from the State Government.
The heavy rescue air cache contains lithium ion-powered cutters, spreader and arm, barrel jacks, air bags, hand tools and a socket set, wooden cribbing and a first aid kit.
Emergency Services Minister Joe Francis said the specialised heavy rescue equipment would allow firefighters to extract road crash victims more quickly and with less chance of injury.
“Road crashes can occur in any location across the State, so it is vital rescuers are well equipped. These tools will save lives,” he said.
All road crash rescue units across the State will also receive lightweight rescue tools powered by lithium ion technology.
Road Safety Minister Liza Harvey said the equipment upgrade was made possible by the Road Trauma Trust Account, which was funded by speed and red light camera fines.
“The new equipment will enable emergency responders to extract crash victims more quickly and comfortably, reducing the risk of critical injury,” she said.
“This year the Liberal National Government has allocated a record $111 million from the Road Trauma Trust Account towards road safety initiatives.”
The lithium ion tools include reciprocating saws, impact wrenches, impact drivers and small disc cutters.