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Nueces County ESD 2's new gear for rescue operations

Posted at 7:47 PM, Jan 19, 2023
and last updated 2023-01-19 23:03:56-05

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — When you're driving out on the open road, the last thing you want to think about is crashing and totaling your car. But if worse comes to worst, Nueces County Fire hopes to put your mind at ease and let you know they're always ready to help.

With Nueces County ESD 2's two new hydraulic rescue tools, firefighters there said they're able to kick it up a notch.

These tools, also known as jaws of life, are used by emergency rescue personnel to assist in the extrication of car crash victims and other rescues in small spaces. The tools include one cutter and one spreader.

"These tools are able to cut all the new metals (and) are mobile, ," J.P. Hominick, the Deputy Fire Chief of Nueces County ESD 2 said. "We can do more things with them."

These new tools can do anything from cutting through bars on windows to breaking down doors and are not just limited to auto accidents. They cost about $22,000, but thanks to a grant from the Texas Forestry Service, the fire department only had to pay 10 percent of the price.

"We always want to try and stay ahead and we always want to have the best tools we can provide for our citizens of Padre Island and Flour Bluff" Hominick said.