Stabilization Equipment Added to Vehicle Rescue Toolbox

A grant opportunity earlier this year through the Pennsylvania State Fire Commissioners Office has added nearly $10,000 of new equipment to Rescue 29. Personnel took delivery earlier this fall of new state of the art Res-Q-Jack Aluminum X-Strut stabilization equipment to replace our current "homemade" equipment. The new equipment will be utilized to stabilize vehicles on its side, on top of another or any other atypical off-wheel position. The struts have the capability of stabilizing up to 10,000 lbs each with a 2:1 safety factor and lifting up to 6,000 lbs per strut. A variety of chains, and other accessories accompanied the purchase. The purchase of Milwaukee M18 battery powered handtools, including a reciprocating saw and drill where also made possible by this grant. Firefighters have completed over 6 hours of in-servicing on the new equipment. The new equipment has been added to Rescue 29 and will be a great addition to our toolbox of equipment that is available to our community.