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Booneville firefighters train with life saving tool

(Susan Parker)
(Susan Parker)
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Updated: 10/01/2013 2:59 pm
BOONEVILLE, Miss. (WTVA) -- It's a mission where every move counts.

Booneville firefighters are hard at work on a newer version of a life-saving tool.

The Jaws of Life as it's called is used to save the life of a person trapped in a vehicle or a structure.

Booneville Fire Chief Jerry Wallace says the owner of a Booneville junk yard offers up vehicles for the firefighters to carve up for practice.

The Jaws of Life is capable of cutting through metal with speed.

"You need to know how that tool works (and) the pressures. You need to watch your patient and see how that tool is operating close to your patient," Booneville Fire Department Chief Jerry Wallace said.

"It helps us a whole lot. It gives us more hands-on training when we have a real situation," Booneville Fire Department Lt. Greg Davis said.

Chief Wallace says the Jaws of Life is a tool used more often than many people may think.

They keep one on board emergency response vehicles at all times.
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