Surrey FD receives $29k for Jaws of Life from TransCanada

November 29, 2018

By Pat Maurer
Correspondent

Thanks to a grant of $29,000 from TransCanada, The Surrey Township Fire Department in Farwell is now the owner of a new Jaws of Life set.

The funds from TransCanada are being used to purchase the new equipment, which includes Jaws shears, a Jaws spreader and a Jaws ram, just purchased from Hurst Jaws of Life and Apollo Fire Equipment of Romeo.

Surrey Township Fire Department Assistant Chief Mark Carrow, Chief Dave Williams and TransCanada Station Operator Gene Bass are shown with the check for $29,000 presented to the department for their new Jaws of Life. The new equipment: Jaws shears, Jaws spreader and Jaws Ram purchased with the grant funds from Hurst Jaws of Life and Apollo Fire Equipment is shown in front of the presentation.

Surrey Township Fire Department Assistant Chief Mark Carrow, Chief Dave Williams and TransCanada Station Operator Gene Bass are shown with the check for $29,000 presented to the department for their new Jaws of Life. The new equipment: Jaws shears, Jaws spreader and Jaws Ram purchased with the grant funds from Hurst Jaws of Life and Apollo Fire Equipment is shown in front of the presentation.

The old Jaws of Life equipment, which Fire Chief Dave Williams said has been “well maintained” and is still used after more than 20 years, will now go to the Canada Creek Ranch Fire Department near Atlanta.

Assistant Fire Chief Mark Carrow said Lt. Rob Simmons was on a business trip and was talking to the Atlanta are fire fighters when he asked them if they had a Jaws of Life. They said ‘no, they couldn’t afford the equipment,’ so the Surrey Township Fire Department decided to donate their old equipment to that department. The Canada Creek Ranch firefighters are planning to pick up the old Jaws equipment on Saturday.

The check for $29,000 for the new Jaws equipment was presented on behalf of TransCanada by Gene Bass, a mechanic at the Lincoln Compressor Station in Lake George.

A release from TransCanada said they are “pleased to provide funding to the Surrey Township Fire Department for the purchase of the Jaws of Life.” They said, “We are thankful for the service and sacrifice made by our First Responders every day and proud to play a role in providing these heroes with the tools they need to rescue those in need and save lives.”

TransCanada continued, “Building strong communities where we live, work and operate is important to all of us. Whether it’s partnering with community groups, supporting local initiatives or encouraging our employees to get involved in local improvements, the goal is to build strong and vibrant communities across North America.”

They have now developed their “Build Strong Program,” which provides valuable tools and resources to first responders, helps fund educational programs, supports important community needs and strengthens environmental stewardship and sustainability through local and regional investments, their release said.

TransCanada supplies more than 25 percent of the natural gas consumed across North America to heat homes, fuel industry and generate power. They have 7,500 employees who operate over 57,000 miles of pipeline across North America. Their employees live and work in communities like Farwell and say they are “proud to play a role in keeping their neighbors safe.”

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