Paris Firefighters have been training this past week on new rescue equipment generously donated by Luminant Energy, who operates the power plant on FM 137.
“This donation allows us to more effectively and efficiently respond to the needs of our patients more safely,” said Paris Fire Captain Chad Graves. “We are blessed to have great support throughout our community but especially from our industrial partners who help support our operations.”
The equipment purchased included five Edge Pro bags that would prevent rescuers from falling while performing rescue duties. The bags can be attached to a harness to help rescuers repel up to 30 feet safely.
In addition to the bags, the department was also able to purchase a “Spec-Pak” that allows for the safe removal of an injured patient, whether it is from the top of a tower, a confined space below grade, or anywhere in between.
The donation equaled $2,300 worth of rescue equipment that will be packed on Rescue 1 should the need for use come about.
Graves said that all personnel will have been fully trained on the new equipment by the end of the week.