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Bloomfield Fire Dept. trains with new rescue equipment

The Bloomfield Fire Department trains with new rescue equipment. The Bloomfield Fire Department trains with new rescue equipment.
BLOOMFIELD, MO (KFVS) - The Bloomfield Fire Department is working with new and advanced rescue equipment.

Volunteer fire fighter Michael Smith said this purchase will fill the holes in the old equipment they already use.

The department bought two firefighter harnesses, helmets with lights, as well as as a new hauling system, and a half-back harness that allows them to lift a patient vertically.

Smith said in rural areas like Bloomfield, these apparatuses are not readily available.

"Most equipment like this is going to be close to an hour away from us," Smith said. This is something we bought to supplement to hopefully provide a service to our community, if the need ever arises."

The equipment would be used in situations like if a hunter fell out of a tree and is stuck hanging from a harness.

"Technically and a lot of times you could throw a ladder in a tree and drag them out, but you could injure them in the process," Smith said.

That's where these new harnesses and vertical lift suit come into play.

"We can access a patient, package them and bring them out without ruffing them up so to speak," Smith said.

With a price tag of $3,000, Smith said it was no cheap purchase.

"We do work within the budget the city provides but it can be limited at times," Smith said. "This equipment is equipment the city normally would not buy. This is more of a special response type of equipment."

The department was able to afford the purchase through local donations and fundraiser's by the Bloomfield Firefighters Association.

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