WDTV reports that Valley Volunteer Fire Department will be receiving a $30,000 donation from the Marion County Commission for new “Jaws of Life.” The machine will be able to cut through school buses and large trucks, helping emergency response crews to get to crash victims faster and save more lives.
According to Marion County EMS officials, Valley Volunteer Fire Department emergency crews respond to more car accidents than any of the county’s other departments. With the new equipment, they will be able to respond more efficiently.
The Jaws of Life machine is expected to get to the fire department sometime in the early spring.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's 2009 West Virginia Crash Statistics show that there were 356 fatalities as a result of car accidents in West Virginia.
In an effort to raise awareness of common factors in serious and fatal car accidents in West Virginia, our firm routinely publishes news items about traffic crashes in our region.
Common West Virginia accidents include, but are not limited to:
- single-car crashes;
- tractor-trailer accidents;
- accidents caused by hazardous road conditions; and
- distracted driver crashes.
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