Council Member James Rodriguez presented the Houston Fire Department with a new $4500 dollar hydraulic TNT Cutter for HFD to use for such things as cutting through burglar bars, iron gates, and most importantly extrications from major motor vehicle accidents.
HFD responds to more than 50 motor vehicle incidents a day and at least one of these usually requires extrication and the need to use cutters. Fire Chief Terry Garrison pointed out that, the less time and effort our members have to take in removing obstacles, the less likely they will be involved in an injury while resolving the emergency.
“This type of equipment is critical to not only the safety of citizens, but also to the brave men and women of the fire department,” Garrison said.
This is the second time Council Member Rodriguez has stepped up to the plate to help insure the safety of citizens and firefighters with a cutter donation in 2009 to Fire Station 18. This new and needed piece of equipment will be housed at Fire Station 26 in southeast Houston.
“Public safety remains my priority. We must equip our first responders with tools to help them operate efficiently and keep them safe as they put their lives on the line day in and day out. I am honored to have dedicated my FY10 excess budget funds to purchase a cutter for Station 26, which is a crucial tool for saving lives,” Rodriguez said.