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February 27, 2014

Task force needs trailer equipment

PRYOR, OK — County firefighters are trying to outfit their task force trailer.

The county departments have combined to create a volunteer task force that will be trained and equipped to respond to emergencies both locally and state-wide. This wild-land task force is considered a state asset and all county departments have agreed to be a part of the task force.

Currently, the group does not have all the necessary equipment.

Essentially, the group said, they are trying to outfit the trailer with equipment they might  need in case of an emergency. This is equipment not normally carried on the trucks.

The group joked they wouldn’t be much help in an emergency if a truck gets a flat on the way there. The firefighters said often in emergency situations, they have only the equipment carried to the scene, as there is often no access to mechanics, repair shops or stores. Association Chairman Jason Miller said firefighters want to have everything they need to serve the community where the unit is dispatched, without depriving their own department.

The list includes air compressors, compressor accessories, floor jack, hose clamps, tire irons, pipe wrenches, air filters, tires, generator, impact tool set, tarps, work lights, extension cords, high-lifts and a hydrant wrench set. They will fine tune the list to make sure it is standardized, meaning it contains items the majority of the departments would need.

The departments will see what they can do about getting some items donated but will have to foot the cost of the remaining equipment out of their department funds.

The group took no action but agreed to work on getting a cost list and possible donations

Miller, who is fire chief at Cabin Creek Fire Department, said the discussion will continue at the next meeting. If interested in making a donation, contact your individual department or Mayes County Emergency Manage-ment.

 

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