Several fire departments in Santa Barbara County are splitting $200,000 from the California Office of Traffic Safety to cover the costs of advanced rescue extrication equipment.
Firefighters say they often have to use the “Jaws of Life” in rescues, but in a survey of local fire agencies, researchers found most of them lacked adequate extrication equipment.
The Santa Maria Fire Department will be in charge of overseeing the distribution of the equipment that is purchased with the grant money.
The Santa Barbara City Fire Department, Lompoc Fire Department, Guadalupe Fire Department, and the Santa Barbara County Fire Department are also receiving equipment.
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