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Meridian Township shows off new equipment

Posted at 6:41 PM, Jun 25, 2019

MERIDIAN TOWNSHIP, Mich. — The Meridian Township Fire Department got new, life-saving equipment, showing it off Tuesday.

Firefighters demonstrated their new emergency rescue tool, better known as the jaws of life.

The fire department worked with the Haslett-Okemos Rotary Club to secure a grant funding of $10,000 along with addition funding approved by the Meridian Township Board for $18,555.

"It is very exciting that our community and Rotary have supported the Meridian Township Fire Department for the purchase of new extrication equipment and support our Mission to protect the citizens we serve,” said Fire Chief Mike Hamel.

The department said the 20-year-old equipment they had been using was under-performing.

“Having new equipment that will perform and function without fail is important and supports a rapid extrication of a citizen that could be trapped in a vehicle or under a heavy object.”

In addition to getting the new jaws of life, the department was able to get a new gasoline pump, extension hoses and fittings for the new equipment with the funding.

They said the upgrade will not only help with accidents in the township, but surrounding areas as well.

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