On February 24, 2019, a terrible crash occurred on U.S. 41. Two vehicles collided injuring four people, and two had to be extricated from their cars. According to a Pasco County Fire and Rescue official at the scene, both victims were trapped in their cars for a time until the correct equipment and personnel arrived.
Police say that U.S. 41 was temporarily closed during the rescue, but has since reopened. All four are at a local hospital, and at the time of the report, no charges had been filed against either driver.
Jaws of Life and Injuries
Emergency personnel will often use the Jaws of Life, which are trademarked name for the first one developed. Others are called hydraulic rescue tools, and they allow the EMS workers to pry, cut and spread parts of a vehicle to allow rescuers to free a trapped person. Since its invention in 1961, countless lives have been saved and their injuries made less severe.
The tools use liquid hydraulics to provide power to the tool which usually has two “jaws” that can be brought together or separated with great force. This can be used to cut through steel, sheet metal and other composites that are used in automobiles. The jaws can also be used to spread things apart so that rescuers can get at the victim to treat them and then free them from the car.
When someone is trapped, the EMS personnel will assess the situation, and if the Jaws of Life are needed, will call for them to be brought to the scene. Typically, each responding unit has a person in charge, based on rank or seniority, and this person will make the call to use the tool. In most cases, a responding EMS unit will have at least one person that is trained to use the device.
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