Lakes Area Extrication and Rescue seeks new equipment

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Since 1976, the Lakes Area Extrication and Rescue Unit has provided invaluable life-saving assistance to the citizens of the Iowa Great Lakes Area and beyond. The current extrication equipment has served our Lakes Area for 41 years with only one upgrade 16 years ago. Now it needs to be replaced as we strive to maintain the high standards of emergency response you have come to expect.

In response to safety concerns, automotive manufacturers have added stronger metals to increase the strength of vehicles. While this change is beneficial to the structural integrity of the vehicle, it has caused difficulty when an accident victim needs to be extricated. Our current equipment has not kept up with automotive industry safety standards.

In the last nine months, components of the current equipment had to be replaced twice because they were damaged during extrication from the newer vehicles. Replacing just the components is not the solution, as it only perpetuates the problem.

The current extrication equipment has 35 tons of hydraulic cutting and spreading force. The new equipment will have 160 tons which is 4.5 times stronger and will allow for faster extrication. A positive prognosis for an injured person is strongly influenced by the initial care delivered, particularly in the “Golden Hour” following the accident and admission to the hospital emergency room. None of the advanced medical assistance can start until the patient is freed from their accident.

The cost of this equipment is not cheap. $170,000 is needed to make the necessary upgrades. The Lakes Area Extrication and Rescue Unit has historically been a partnership between the private sector and municipal entities.

We are asking the people of the Lakes Area to help fund this important project. Your contribution is essential to purchase this life-saving equipment. The next life that is saved may be yours or a friend’s.

Here are answers to questions you might have:

What will the money be used for?

Your gift will be used to replace extrication equipment on our unit in order to cut through the higher strength metals used in newer cars.

Is my gift tax deductible?

Yes! Your gift is tax deductible to the extent allowed by law. The federal tax ID number is 42-1517414.

Are the personnel trained?

For 41 years, the Lakes Area Extrication and Rescue Unit has been staffed by trained volunteers that respond to calls 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Accredited training is administered by Iowa Lakes Community College and other educational institutions to include Emergency Medical Responder (First Responder) and Emergency Medical Technician (EMT).

What areas will the unit cover?

The Lakes Area Extrication and Rescue Unit responds to emergency calls wherever it is needed in Dickinson County and beyond.

Who can I call if I have questions or comments?

You are welcome to contact any of the following:

Emil Richter 712-330-8993

Jess Radcliffe 712-320-4470

Kevin Frodermann 612-554-0916

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