|Department Recieves Federal Grant for Battery Hydraulic Rescue Tools|
|By Mechanicsville Volunteers|
|December 21, 2022|
On 12/21/22 the Department was notified that we had been selected by the Assistance to Firefighters Federal Grant program of selection of our 2021 application for award.
MVFD will be receiving approximately $75,000 for 6 new hydraulic battery tools.
After extensive testing the Department recently selected Holmatro tools as we move to replace our older 5000psi corded hydraulic extrication tools. As vehicle construction types and materials have changed over time we have encountered vehicles that our tools cannot cut, slowing victim removal and requiring altered tactics. We recently purchased one Holmatro Cutter and Spreader for RS2 as a result of this testing.
Both rams, one cutter, and one spreader will be added to RS2 to complete the extrication tool complement and match the existing Holmatro cutter and spreader. Each tool comes with one charger and two batteries. Each charger has the ability to charge one battery on its dock, as well as the battery on each tool simultaneously.
The second cutter and spreader from this grant will be placed on a department Engine Company.
Here are two stories about the previous testing we have performed in the fall of 2021.
"The primary goal of the Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) is to meet the firefighting and emergency response needs of fire departments and non-affiliated emergency medical service organizations.