North Myrtle Beach public safety officials have new extrication equipment to replace a 20-year-old set that no longer performs well on newer vehicles, authorities said.
Public safety officials took delivery of the new equipment, which was purchased from Hurst, Inc., and included a cutting tool; a spreading tool also known as the Jaws of Life; a cutter/spreader combination tool; two telescoping ram devices; a mounted electrical power supply with two 100-foot hose reels; and a smaller portable power supply, said Pat Dowling, city spokesman.
Each power supply can run two tools at the same time.
The equipment cost $48,000 and was purchased using a portion of the department’s accommodations tax funding allocation, Dowling said. The Hurst equipment is located on the department’s heavy rescue vehicle that operates out of Fire Station No. 1 on Second Avenue South.