Delmar Events
Thursday, August 12th. 1999
Delmar Fire Dept. receives Hurstís
National Rescue of the Year Award

Recently the Delmar Fire Department received the Hurstís National Rescue of the Year Award for the second quarter of 1999, as the result of performing an extrication during a rescue of an accident on March 3, 1999 at 23:36 hours. On this date, Station 74 was alerted for a motor vehicle accident with unknown injuries at the intersection of Sussex 68 and Sussex 452. The accident was a single vehicle accident ó car vs. pole ó with one subject trapped and one subject ejected. The subject ejected was taken to the hospital with few injuries; however, the subject trapped in the vehicle was a possible D.O.A. due to the massive amount of damage to the passengerís side of the vehicle. Sussex EMS paramedics were also on the scene to help with the trapped person. Due to team effort, hard work and dedication to duty, rescue personnel after 45 to 50 minutes of meticulous cutting and the use of every piece of Hurst equipment, freed the young lady trapped, who was flown to Peninsula Regional General Hospital by chopper and who survived the accident.
Only four fire departments will receive this national award during 1999.
Hurst developed the Jaws of Life as a lifesaving tool, and it is the commitment of fire and rescue personnel in companies such as the Delmar Fire Department that make Jaws of Life synonymous with rescue. Green Cross awards were also presented to members of the Delmar Fire Department and Sussex County paramedics during the ceremony. When Hurst first initiated the Green Cross Award program, only a few hundred sets of Jaws of Life tools were in existence. Twenty-six years later, thousands of fire/rescue companies use Hurst Jaws of Life tools and more than 30,000 individuals have received Green Cross awards. Delmarís name also will be entered into a drawing with other quarterly winners for the annual Rescue of the Year Award to be presented in February 2000.