It is a way to save some time and, perhaps, save some lives, as well.
The Sandy Springs Fire Department has a new fleet of trucks that can reach higher than the old ones. What really sets these new vehicles apart is the Jaws of Life.
"The old equipment had to be taken out of a compartment, walked to the accident site, and then assembled," says Fire Chief Mark Duke. "That’s when we could start the extrication."
With the new trucks, the Jaws of Life are located on the front bumper, attached with hydraulics. This allows firefighters to get to them quickly and use them faster.
"We can now pull the truck in, block the highway, go to the front of the truck, pull these pieces of equipment off and start extricating immediately," Duke tells WSB.
The new method of cutting trapped people out of a car saves fire crews time, and that can save lives.
"About three or four minutes," says Duke. "When you're trapped inside a car and you're bleeding, that's a lot (of time)."
Sandy Springs, which took delivery of their new fleet in January, now has six fire trucks that allow easier access.
"All we have to do is hit two buttons and we can start cutting on cars and get people out a lot quicker," says Duke.