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East County News Service

December 7, 2016 (Alpine) –  The Alpine Fire Protection District (AFPD) has been awarded a $35,000 grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) for Rescue Extrication Equipment.  The AFPD will use the funds to purchase modern life-saving equipment capable of safely assisting firefighters in extricating victims trapped in motor vehicle collisions. 

“With these funds the District will be able to purchase modern rescue equipment,” said Alpine Fire Chief Bill Paskle.  “With advancements in modern vehicle safety, these vehicles now use boron steel reinforcements with high-tensile steel which translates into very tough steel frames.  Our old rescue equipment simply didn’t have the power to cut through this new steel.  The District would like to thank the OTS for their generous grant”

The OTS strives to eliminate traffic deaths and injuries.  It does this by making available grants to local and state public agencies for programs that help them enforce traffic laws, educate the public in traffic safety and provide varied and effective means of reducing fatalities, injuries and economic losses from collisions. 

In 2015 the AFPD responded to approximately 127 traffic collision incidents.  And of those, 127 incidents, 19 required the use of Rescue Extrication equipment to help free the victims of the collision.  Those injured numbered 140 with 2 fatalities.