Phone: (530) 458-7721

Should a vehicle accident occur that requires a patient to be extricated from the vehicle, Colusa Fire Department’s first out engine is equipped with specialized rescue equipment to perform extrication rescues. 

The Department carries a hydraulic combi-tool which allows the firefighters to both cut metal as well as spread vehicle doors apart. This tool is sometimes referred to as the “Jaws of Life”. The engine also carries a hydraulic ram tool which can be used to spread portions of the vehicle such as the dashboard should a patient’s legs be pinned underneath the dash. 

In addition to these two special tools, the engine also carries an assortment of airbags which are used to help lift a vehicle should a person be trapped underneath. An assortment of “Cribbing” which are various sized and shaped blocks is used to help stabilize the vehicle while the rescue is being performed

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