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Woodruff Fire Department used money from fundraising to help police officers stay safeSubmitted: 01/19/2018
Dakota Sherek
Dakota Sherek
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Woodruff Fire Department used money from fundraising to help police officers stay safe
WOODRUFF -
Note: An earlier version of the article quotes Woodruff Assistant Fire Chief Victor Gee saying the device removes the oxygen in the room. This is incorrect. According the company that makes the "X-tinguish FST", the device breaks up the oxygen bond. 


A Northwoods fire department used some of its money gained through fundraising to help other first responders stay safe.

"For lack of a better term it works like a bomb," said Woodruff Assistant Fire Chief Victor Gee. 

The Woodruff Fire Department invested in five "X-tinguish" fire suppression tools.


"You pull the two pins on here and throw it in and it essentially extinguishes the fire," said Gee. 

But the fire department didn't buy the tools for its own firefighters.

"The tool is a lot more effective in knocking down a fire than a single fire extinguisher," said Woodruff Police Detective Bill Nichols.

The $600 devices were purchased for each Woodruff Police squad car. Nichols says police officers have often used fire extinguishers to help slow down fires.

"Officers are out on the road driving around all day, if we get a call somewhere we might be a block away, so our response time is going to be a lot quicker," said Nichols. 

"Anytime that they can get in there and get a head start on things for us it makes it safer for us because it exposes us to less of the dangers that we come across on the fire ground," said Gee. 
 
The devices will help ensure officers don't have to get too close to a fire.

"The officers have to get close to utilize a fire extinguisher, with this unit they don't have to enter the area of the fires," said Nichols.

Detective Bill Nichols appreciates the fire department's support.

"We're all here for the benefit of the people. So it feels good to work together like that," said Nichols.

Gee says the investment will help both departments.

"As part of their daily job they're helping us out, and by doing this it keeps them safer and it makes our job easier, so it's just a good fit to do this," said Gee.

The fire department gave the devices to the police department last week. 



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