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BUSINESS BEAT: Coldwater Fire Department receives equipment donation from H.C Starck

COLDWATER, MI (WTVB) - H.C. Starck donated a valuable piece of confined space equipment to the Coldwater Fire Department (CFD). The new Yates Spek Pak will serve as a patient packaging and extrication system that combines the backboard immobilization of a short board with the suspension and support of a full body harness.

The tools main purpose will be for confined spaces in which vertical elements are encountered (industrial tanks and machine rescue) all while maintaining limited immobilization. The capabilities will also allow for the instrument to be used in high angle rescuing (wilderness extraction of a hunter from his tree stand).

“We are thankful for the donation that H.C. Starck has presented to the Coldwater Fire Department,” said Lt. Jack Trayling. “The versatility of this one piece of equipment will allow us to perform certain tasks at a higher level of efficiency while displacing the need for multiple extrication devices.”

The proposed idea for the donation came about during a routine inspection, in which it was noted that the tool could be very useful in the case of an emergency at H.C. Starck’s operations. “We are glad that we could provide a tool that is not only beneficial to us, but that can be utilized elsewhere in the community as well,” said Brian Olson, Engineering and Maintenance Manager, H.C. Starck.

The H.C. Starck Group is a leading global supplier of technology metals and advanced ceramics, and serves growing industries such as the electronics, chemicals, automotive, medical technology, aerospace, energy technology, and environmental technology industries, as well as engineering companies and tool manufacturers.

The Coldwater Fire Department provides fire prevention, fire suppression and responds to medical emergencies within the City of Coldwater. In addition, the fire department also provides fire suppression and emergency responses for the townships of Coldwater and Girard.