Cottonwood AZ (October 22, 2019) – Verde Valley Fire District was recently awarded a grant from the Arizona Governor’s Office of Highway Safety (GOHS) in the amount of $7,295 for a new air bag lift system. An air bag lift system is used in conjunction with cribbing, rescue jacks and other extrication equipment to extricate patients pinned under vehicles or other heavy objects.
In 2017 Verde Valley Fire District responded to 122 vehicle crashes. It is vital that our firefighters (who are also EMT’s and paramedics) gain patient access, administer advanced life saving measures and transport patients as soon as possible. Air bag lift systems play a vital role in that process.
The equipment purchased will be interoperable with our other air bag lift systems and extrication equipment as well as the equipment carried by the other fire agencies in the Verde Valley.
The Arizona Governor’s Office of Highway Safety (GOHS) is the focal point for highway safety issues in Arizona. GOHS supports activities having the greatest potential to save lives, reduce injuries, and improve highway safety in Arizona.