New vehicle is a first for Lindsay’s Dept. of Public Safety

The Sun-Gazette

The Lindsay Department of Public Safety will be getting a new rescue vehicle next month for the first time in, well, ever!

The rescue vehicle, a 2013 Dodge light engine, was purchased for $85,000 by the Lindsay Hospital District, overseen by a board of directors to donate to health and wellness projects within the boundaries of the special tax district formed for the old Lindsay Hospital. The district also paid for a $10,000 Jaws of Life, hydraulic scissors used to cut through cars to pull out people trapped in their vehicles following accidents.

“This is an amazing donation from the hospital district,” Lt. Bryan Clower said.

Clower said the rescue vehicle will be equipped with medical bags, Jaws of Life and other life saving equipment. The vehicle will fill a need for responding to medical aides – such as heart attacks, serious falls, third degree burns, etc. – which make up about 90% of all calls for service to fire departments in Tulare County.

“All of our public safety officers are trained first responders,” Clower said. “We are usually the first ones on the scene and stabilize the person until EMTs and paramedics arrive.”

Clower said the vehicle light engine chassis is much smaller than the water pumpers and fire truck the City currently owns, making it more maneuverable through tight alleways, busy streets and crowded pedestrian areas.

“Everything we own right now we purchased second hand,” Clower said.

Clower said Lindsay has not purchased a new rescue vehicle, including fire apparatus, in the department’s history, according to the records they could find. Currently the fire department is keeping old vehicles running that were used when the City bought them at least 10 years ago. Clower said Lindsay has a 1993 International small pumper, a 2000 American LaFrance large pumper and 1984 American LaFrance ladder truck.

“We’ve been told it is the only manual transmission ladder truck left in the State,” Clower said. “It’s extremely old when you consider that there is more wear and tear on these vehicles when they sit than if they were being used on a regular basis.”

The rescue vehicle is expected to arrive in Lindsay on July 9, 2013.

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