Funding helps Clinton volunteer firefighters

Clinton Volunteer Fire Department (CVFD) has received confirmation of funding approval for the purchase of rescue stabilizer struts

The Clinton Volunteer Fire Department (CVFD) has received confirmation of funding approval for the purchase of rescue stabilizer struts from the Joint Emergency Preparedness Program.

The funding approval is based on a 50/50 federal/local government split.

The CVFD is responsible for highway rescue in some very rugged and remote terrain. The area includes a stretch of Highway 97 from 70 Mile in the north and Loon Lake Road in the south, as well as adjacent secondary and gravel roads that reach to the Fraser River in the west and Bonaparte Lake in the east.

The federal government contribution to the acquisition of TeleCrib Struts will enhance the delivery of emergency services in an area of approximately 3,000 square kilometres. The TeleCrib stabilization system is a lightweight, compact, telescoping stabilization tool designed for rescuer and patient safety during extraction.

The CVFD members are enthusiastic about the addition of the auto extraction tool to their inventory. Says fire Chief Wayne Walch: “This is a very useful tool to stabilize vehicles and reduce the risk to responder’s safety.”

The Village of Clinton recognizes the necessity of continually replacing and updating equipment and supplies to keep our volunteers safe, he adds, but must rely on grants, when available, to purchase the much needed equipment.