Eric Grove, Toledo Firefighter practicing the ResQMax
The Toledo Fire Department (TFD) is once again on the cutting edge of helping its citizens. Recently through a grant, TFD was able to purchase a ResQmax water rescue line launcher.
A ResQMax water rescue line launcher is an essential tool for water rescue. The system is powered by compressed air and can launch a line up to 400 feet to rescue someone going downstream in swift or calm water. This is ideal for a fire department on a major river like the Cowlitz.
Grant monies were received from West Regional Emergency Management Services in the amount of $3,000. Toledo is the first Fire Department in Lewis County to accept this new tool. In all, Toledo has received approximately $25,000 in grants from West Regional Emergency Management Services.
Toledo Fire Department covers 97 square miles of service area including 17 miles of the Cowlitz River, which hosts a variety of recreational activities. Activities include swimming, fishing, boating, rafting, tubing, canoeing, and kayaking. In addition to the Cowlitz River, there are also several potential water rescue sites, water-filled inoperative rock quarries, Winlock Water Private Ski Lakes and South Lewis County Park Pond.
TFD will use the ResQMax to aid in the elimination of drowning deaths and injuries to children and adults. Drowning is within the top five causes of accidental death/injury within Washington.
The ResQMax will also help keep firefighters safe; they will not have to enter the water for rescues but can use the rescue line launcher from the shore, keeping them on solid footing.
Toledo personnel have trained on the equipment several times. Although they do not want to have to use the apparatus because someone is in danger, they are better equipped to do so. Toledo continues to be a leader in finding new ways to help the citizens of their community.