Mulberry Fire Department gets new equipment

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<p>photo by TANIAH TUDOR</p><p>Representatives from Firehouse Subs and the City of Mulberry pose with $19,500 worth of hydraulic rescue tools - commonly called the “Jaws of Life” - purchased for the Mulberry Fire Department from the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation. Pictured are Lanye Bush; Firehouse Subs franchisee Tracye Bush; Mulberry Mayor Gary Baxter; Casey Craft, Dakota Perceful and Interim Fire Chief Jeff Marvin with the Mulberry Fire Department; and area representative Jim Maxwell.</p>

Mulberry Fire Department received $19,500 worth of hydraulic rescue tools - commonly called the “Jaws of Life” - Tuesday morning from the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation.

Firehouse Subs representatives presented Jeff Marvin, interim fire chief with Mulberry Fire Department, and two firefighters with the equipment Tuesday morning at Firehouse Subs restaurant on Fayetteville Road in Van Buren.

The new equipment included not only the hydraulic pump, but a cutter and spreader that can be used at the same time to get victims out of a crashed vehicle quicker, Marvin said.

Struts to stabilize an overturned vehicle while a rescue is taking place were also included, he said.

Marvin, who recently returned to the MFD after working for the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department, noted that the new rescue tools are replacing 22-year-old equipment that he actually purchased when working for the fire department in 1991.

Mulberry Mayor Gary Baxter said there have been six roll-over accidents in the Mulberry response area in the last month.

“The equipment that we have here will really assist in those kinds of accidents,” Baxter said.

Firehouse Subs franchisee Tracye Bush and Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation coordinator Jacquelyn Gubbins presented the equipment to the MFD.

“We appreciate all that Mulberry Fire does for the community,” Gubbins said.

She noted that more than 60 percent of fundraising happens on the inside of Firehouse Subs franchises, with change jars, pickle bucket sales and their credit card round-up program.

Bush added that more than $200,000 worth of equipment has been donated from FSPSF to fire departments in Arkansas.

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