Elk Grove, Calif. – Cosumnes Community Services District is the recipient of a $104,120 grant to purchase new extrication equipment. Known as the “jaws of life,” first responders use these specialized tools to safely rescue crash victims trapped inside a vehicle.
“This grant will significantly impact our fire department’s ability to protect and serve our community, allowing us to respond even more effectively when patients are trapped in motor vehicles,” said Cosumnes Fire Chief Felipe Rodriguez.
As the automotive industry evolves, a diverse range of techniques and tools are required to ensure individuals’ safe and efficient extrication in various emergency scenarios. This is particularly critical for Cosumnes Community Services District as Interstate 5 and Highway 99 traverse directly through the special district’s 157-square-mile service area in south Sacramento County.
Chief Rodriguez emphasized, “The funding will pay for battery-operated modern rescue tools and the required training, enabling our first responders to navigate the complexities of vehicle extrication effectively. This ensures we can promptly and effectively respond to emergencies on our region’s streets, highways, and interstates.”
Delays in providing care to crash victims impact the “golden hour” of survival, a core principle in the emergency medical services industry. Reducing the time it takes to get to the patient, treat what can be treated, and transport the patient to the hospital helps increase the chance of recovery.
Funding for this program was provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.