MARANA ó The Northwest Fire District has received a grant which will bring a state-of-the-art radio controlled rescue boat to the district's arsenal of equipment to assist in the districtís technical rescues team when they respond to swift water related rescues. This comes just in time for the up-coming monsoon season where swift water rescues have become an ever increasing response for rescuers.
The Hydronalix Corporation has been working for over two years to design and manufacture the radio controlled life saving boat called E.M.I.L.Y. E.M.I.L.Y. stands for Emergency Integrated Lifesaving Lanyard.
"This can be ready and deployed on route to a call," Paul Mischel, Northwest Fire District Captain/CEP said, adding that the boat can be in the water the moment they arrive on the scene.
According to Mischel, this device will increasing the capabilities of getting to the victims faster, and without putting the lives of the rescue workers at risk.
Northwest Fire/Rescue District provides professional fire protection, emergency medical services and related public education to 110,000 residents and 3,300 commercial occupancies in a 140 square mile area. Ten fire stations are staffed 365 days a year by 192 firefighters, who are also Paramedics or Emergency Medical Technicians and can respond to emergencies within minutes. Northwest Fireís Technical Rescue Team responds to calls for swift water, confined space and rugged terrain rescue. The nationally accredited not-for-profit District was formed in 1983 by residents of metropolitan Tucsonís northwest neighborhoods. It is governed by a five member board and funded through secondary property taxes based upon assessed property value. Learn more at: www.northwestfire.org.
For the complete article see the 07-01-2012 issue.
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