Practice makes perfect
Salem firefighters trained Wednesday in the city hall parking lot with a pair of cars loaned to them by Sinsley Towing, working on stabilization and extrication techniques and trying out new battery-operated cutters and spreaders, known as jaws. Captain Shawn Mesler said the battery-operated equipment would allow firefighters quicker access to victims because they can grab the jaws off the truck and go instead of having to mess with cables. Chief Scott Mason said the equipment also has more power than the jaws they use now. Plans call for purchasing the new equipment as part of the new engine purchase. Firefighters also trained with personnel from University Hospital on how to use their new Lucas device, a chest compression machine purchased from Stryker with CARES Act funding for $1,500 to use on medical calls with cardiac arrest.