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Black Canyon Fire gets grant for helmets, child restraints

Photo shows items Black Canyon Fire was able to purchase through a grant from the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety, including bike helmets and baby car seats.<br>
Courtesy Photo/Black Canyon Fire

Photo shows items Black Canyon Fire was able to purchase through a grant from the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety, including bike helmets and baby car seats.<br> Courtesy Photo/Black Canyon Fire

The Arizona Governor's Office of Highway Safety has awarded the Black Canyon Fire Department a $6,338 grant.

Fire Chief Tom Birch said the grant will enable the department to replace its aging vehicle stabilization blocks, and to purchase car seats and bicycle helmets for the public.

From 2005 to 2007, the Black Canyon Fire Department responded to 358 vehicle accidents on Interstate 17, many of which involved vehicles that had rolled over, Birch said.

"Many of these incidents require the use of stabilization blocks in order to keep the vehicle from moving or shifting while emergency responders work to remove trapped victims," he said. "The department's current wooden stabilization blocks are roughly 15 or more years old, and will be replaced with new blocks made from strong plastic polymers."

The Department currently has two personnel certified as a Child Passenger Safety Technicians - fulltime Firefighter/EMT Mark Enteman and Reserve Firefighter Jeff Pavlik.

Child Passenger Safety Technicians receive training in the proper installation and inspection of child car seats, a service the Black Canyon Fire Department offers to all citizens at no cost.

The award of this grant will take the Department's Child Passenger Safety program to another level by offering child car seats at no cost to those who would otherwise not be able to afford one.

"Our goal is to reduce child deaths due to improperly installed car seats," Birch said.

In addition to the money for vehicle stabilization blocks and child car seats, the department received money to purchase child bicycle helmets. The department has purchased bicycle helmets for children who would otherwise not be able to afford them in an effort to promote bicycle safety and minimize the number and severity of injuries from bicycle accidents.

Individuals in need of a car seat or bicycle helmet can contact Mark Enteman at the fire station (623) 374-5512, for details. Supplies are limited.

"The Black Canyon Fire Department expresses its gratitude to the Arizona Governor's Office of Highway Safety for the award of this grant," Birch said.

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