|The new heavy rescue squad vehicle, Rescue Squad 742. Photo from WVRS.|
The rig that was placed in service today is a heavy rescue vehicle, the flagship of the WVRS fleet. This rescue vehicle is technically a "firetruck", but it doesn't carry water or ladders like most fire apparatus. Instead, this truck is basically a giant toolbox on wheels. It carries a plethora of tools and equipment for dealing with a variety of rescue situations. Most notably, heavy rescue vehicles such as this one carry the "jaws of life", the hydraulic extraction tools used to free people from mangled cars.