The Summerville Fire Department will be getting a second “Jaws of Life” to use to extricate accident victims from wrecks.  The City of Summerville City Council received a $16,900 grant from the USDA to go towards the purchase of the new equipment.

The cost of the equipment is $25,400 and the rest of the money will come from a loan. At Monday night’s council meeting, the council approved a measure to allow Mayor Harry Harvey to execute a loan for $6,400 to go with the grant money.  A representative from the USDA was at the meeting and told council members that the loan would be at an interest rate of 3.875% for 10 years, which will give the city a payment of $785, annually.   The city can pay the loan off at any time.

Summerville Fire Chief Robbie Lathem told the council members that the fire department currently has one operable Jaws of Life, but the new equipment is battery operated and will be an improvement.

The measure passed unanimously on a motion by Councilman David Ford and a second by Councilman Joe Money.