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Allamuchy Receives Grant for Rescue Equipment; Rescues Victim from Entrapment

By JAMES BESSEMER, Correspondent | July 27, 2020 | NEW JERSEY

Story No. 072720107

Allamuchy, NJ - The Allamuchy Fire Department was recently awarded a Paratech Interstate Stabilization kit and Hydrafusion lifting struts from the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation. Prior to receiving the grant, Allamuchy had the trained firefighters to handle complex commercial vehicle vs. passenger vehicle extrications but lacked the requisite cache of equipment to do so. There had also been several ‘near-misses’ on the highway and that a major entrapment was only a matter of time. The department was ecstatic to take delivery of our equipment in early March 2020, and then train members and outfit the trucks by June 2020.

Then on June 10th at 11:45 A.M., the day after all firefighters completed the in-service of the new equipment, Allamuchy was dispatched to a vehicle ‘underride’ with entrapment. Right away, Allamuchy responded with six firefighters in Heavy Rescue 91-75 and Rescue Engine 91-63. Upon arrival, Chief 91-60 requested mutual aid from Budd Lake and from Green Twp. to assist in extrication and to help establish a landing zone for Atlantic Air One.

After a quick size-up, it was quickly realized that there could be no successful extrication without separating the two vehicles. The crew from 91-63 went to work removing the doors of the passenger vehicle to gain patient access for the EMS team of the Allamuchy-Green First Aid Squad, while the crew from 91-75 started to stabilize the larger vehicle and prepare for the lifting operation. Ultimately, the loaded tractor trailer had to be lifted 8” to allow for the passenger vehicle to be removed from underneath it.

In less than 30 minutes of arrival, firefighters were able to compete the extrication, and turn the patient over to EMS and Paramedics. The patient was then airlifted to Morristown.

In 2005, the Firehouse Subs Founders established the 501(c)(3), non-profit Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation. The charity provides funding resources, lifesaving equipment, prevention education, training and disaster relief support to first responders and public safety organizations. Since inception, Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation has granted more than $51 million to hometown heroes in 49 states and Puerto Rico.

Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation is honored to be listed as a four-star nonprofit organization by Charity Navigator. Their highest designation. Grant allocations are made possible thanks to the overwhelming support of Firehouse Subs restaurants and generous donors.

Grant allocations are made possible thanks to the overwhelming support of Firehouse Subs restaurants and generous donors. More than 70% of the funds raised for the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation come from the generosity of Firehouse Subs guests and the restaurant brand.

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This article is a direct street report from our correspondent and has not been edited by the 1st Responder newsroom.