SANTO – The Santo Volunteer Fire and EMS Department recently placed a newly acquired Heavy Rescue Truck in service.
The new truck will enhance the regional capabilities for rescue and hazardous material responses.
Acquisition of the 2005 Spartan Heavy Rescue Truck from an Ohio fire department was made possible through a partnership between the department and Palo Pinto County ESD No. 2.
The truck replaces an older and smaller vehicle that outgrew the equipment requirements for complex rescue and multi-casualty incidents.
The heavy rescue response truck will be available for dispatch throughout Palo Pinto and surrounding counties, representing a regional capability to deal with complex accident scenes including heavy vehicle rescue, hazardous materials mitigation, structural collapse support and rescue, rope rescue, structural fire support, confined space rescue, water rescue, rehab, and command center capability.
In the coming months, Santo will take the truck “on the road” to other area fire and EMS services to familiarize them with the available capabilities.
“While rescue operations are a fire department responsibility, the operations often involve patients which are turned over to the EMS responders,” said ESD No. 2 board member Ken Backes. “The Palo Pinto County EMS No. 2 board members felt that enhancing the rescue capabilities of the Santo Fire and EMS Department will improve patient outcomes and allow for faster transfer in operations that involve extrications, hazardous materials, or multiple patients.”