The Weirton Fire Department had the "jaws of life" for years, but on Wednesday, they displayed a new device with the help of Arcelor Mittal, ESI Equipment, and Green Towing.
The new jaws of life device has twice the cutting power and twice the spreading power by using a specialized water pump. The new device was purchased using a grant supplied by Arcelor Mittal and quickly tore through a wreck and helped free a trapped test victim.
They hope they never have to use the new device, but are glad to have it just in case. "I would suggest people drive a little bit more safely so they wouldn't have to experience this situation," said Arcelor Mittal employee David Kukura who volunteered to be the test victim. "It was a planned set up but it was neat experience. I'm glad I got to sit in there and see what was going on."
"Arcelor Mittal is committed to making the communities in which they are located safer," said USW Local 2911 President Mark Glyptis.
The special water pump also allows the jaws of life to be used not only for car extractions but also for building collapses and industrial accidents, as well.
"The tool's a multi-facet use, it will definitely help us in all our endeavors in the fire department," said Jerry Shumate, Weirton Fire Chief.