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Jaws of Life fundraiser in Floyd


FLOYD (KWWL) -- When someone is trapped inside a car, fire fighters can either pry apart the car with crowbars or they can use the Jaws of Life.

The Floyd Fire Department felt that with the increasing amount of accidents a new jaws of life is now needed.

The machine is 3 times faster than using crow bars.

For the 20 to 30 accidents a year near Floyd, this will mean that those in the accidents won't have to wait as long as half an hour for the machine to arrive.

"When there's a trama patient, is what they call it, they have a golden hour and they're suppose to be in the hospital within that hour and if they're not then usually their health will deteriate," Floyd Fire Fighter Jeff Schwartzkopf said.

After nine days, the department raised $17,800. Floyd fire fighters have spent more than 200 hours sitting on the corner of Highway 218 and the Avenue of the Saints, and they are not going to leave until they have $25,000. 

Online Producer: Jackie Manternach

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