Jaws of Life donation: Utah’s Sandy (ABC4) On Wednesday, February 1, representatives of Sandy gave extra emergency supplies from the city’s fire department to a town in central Mexico.
Today, representatives from the Mexican city of Zacatecas received an extrication device. Which is known as “Jaws of Life” from Sandy City Mayor Monica Zoltanski and Fire Chief Jeff Basset. Emergency rescue teams employ extrication gear to help with other small-space rescues. As well as the extrication of victims of car accidents.
Zacatecas has a population of roughly 160,000 people, but only 39 firefighters, according to a news release from an elementary school in SLC.
According to officials, the Sandy City Council secured financing for new battery-operated extrication equipment, which allowed the fire department to free up the tool.
No matter how far away they are, Zoltanski added, “we support the camaraderie and the mission of first responders. We are delighted to be in a position to help save lives.”
According to Salvador Lazalde, head of the Federation of Mexicans United in Utah, many Mexican communities lack the funding for such crucial life-saving technology. Several donations of ambulances, school buses, medical equipment, and other items from cities around Utah have already been made possible through the Federation.
In fact, the Sandy City Fire Department logo is still on the firefighter “turnout” uniforms that are now in use in two Mexican communities.