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New urban search and rescue trailer result of teamwork


Franklin firefighters ready the new emergency trailer.

Responding to natural disasters and other emergencies where buildings have been damaged or collapsed is now much more efficient for rescue workers throughout Williamson County, thanks to a joint effort between the Franklin Fire Department and the Williamson County Emergency Management Agency (EMA).
 The two agencies worked together to create an Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) trailer. The trailer was provided by the Williamson County Emergency Management Agency from their existing fleet and equipped by the Franklin Fire Department primarily with rescue tools and equipment.
 After attending training earlier this year, Franklin Fire Captain David Kolak recognized the need for rescue equipment to be in single trailer, ready to respond to an emergency. 
 “We (previously) did not have a good response capability,” said Kolak.  “We had people trained and some of the equipment scattered around. We needed it in one place so that we could respond in a timely manner.”  Kolak proposed the idea of a USAR trailer to Franklin Fire Assistant Chief Todd Horton, and they worked with Williamson EMA Director Mac Purdy to make it a reality.
 The trailer, which will be stationed in Franklin and deployed countywide, allows firefighters to concentrate on searching for and extricating trapped victims and making the rescue site safe for the rescuers, Purdy said.
Kolak and his crew at Franklin Fire Station 6 designed and built-out the trailer.  Equipment on the trailer includes an air compressor, generator, chain saw, circular saw, air chisel, hand tools, assorted lumber for stabilizing structures and objects, and more.
The total cost of the project was less than $2,000, due in large part to resources donated by Sandlewood Construction, a residential remodeling business owned and operated by Franklin Firefighter-Paramedic Andy Hackford. 

Posted on: 11/26/2013


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