Superior Fire Department Acquires New Jaws of Life Equipment

The entire department will be trained with the new life-saving tools this week

SUPERIOR, Wisc. – Firefighters in Superior got hands–on training with some new equipment today.

The Superior fire department recently acquired three sets of Jaws of Life equipment for each of its engines.

A $68,000 grant helped pay for the new tools. The department was previously using outdated, low pressure equipment. The new Jaws of Life use high pressure and are much more powerful.

“Technology has changed where vehicles are not made out of the same materials they were before,” said Erik Sutton, battalion chief with the Superior Fire Department. “They’ve got the high strength steel. The extrication equipment we had wasn’t able to cut that.”

The entire department will be trained with the new Jaws of Life this week.

The Duluth Fire Department also uses the same equipment, which firefighters say will make responding to accidents on the Bong and Blatnik bridges much easier.