Brier Hill first responders getting $30,000 for new ‘Jaws of Life’ rescue tool
Thursday, May 29, 2014 - 2:30 pm

BRIER HILL -- The Brier Hill Fire District is set to receive nearly $30,000 in federal funding for new equipment.

New York’s U.S. Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand have announced $29,973 in federal funding for district, in the Town of Morristown.

The funding was allocated through the Department of Homeland Security's Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program.

“Without this program, small departments like ourselves would not to be able afford much needed equipment to protect our citizens as well as the people traveling through our highways,” said Brier Hill Fire District Chief Shawn Macaulay.

The Brier Hill department has more than 40 volunteer firefighters who respond to more than 160 calls per year. They will use the federal funding to purchase new Jaws of Life, which are used to extract trapped individuals from motor vehicles and include cutters, rams and spreaders. The department’s current rescue equipment is not capable of cutting though newer cars, the news release said.

The Jaws of Life is a trademarked product of the Hurst Performance, Inc.

“These much-needed federal funds will provide the assistance that Brier Hill Fire District needs to replace critical equipment,” said Sen. Schumer.

“The Brier Hill Fire District will use this investment to purchase critical, life-saving equipment. This funding will provide the tools they need to better serve their community and save more lives,” said Sen. Gillibrand.