Fines fund car crash res­cue equip­ment

Pilbara News - - News - Tom Zaun­mayr

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.

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