County Fire Department tools save life

Rollover crash causes fire crews to use new equipment

POSTED: 06:21 PM CDT May 11, 2013 
New cutters and spreader used by Howard County fire department
FAYETTE, Mo. -

The Howard County Fire Department is one of a handful of agencies in the state using new technology to save lives. 

Saturday morning, a grain truck rolled over on Highway 40, trapping its driver. 

At the scene, fire crews used that new equipment for the first time to cut the man from the truck.

It took crews only four minutes to get the driver out from underneath the truck. 

The new spreader and cutter have five times the power compared to old tools. 

More power allows fire crews to breathe a sigh of relief in any situation. 

They are big enough to cut the new cars. Newer cars have difficult metals in them, they are stronger so our old tools wouldn't have, but the metals delay a large vehicle extrication if someone is trapped," said Howard County Assistant Chief Tony Hill. 

Hill says without these new tools, Saturday's driver might not have been so lucky.

Crews from Booneville and surrounding areas would have had to be called to rescue the driver. 

The driver was airlifted from the scene and taken to a local hospital.