Utah fire dept. first in nation to buy injury-reducing backboards

The EZ Life Rescue System is designed to make patient transportation less strenuous on firefighters


By Jeff Finley
Deseret News

SANDY, Utah — Fifty percent of all firefighting injuries are caused not by smoke inhalation or burns but by strains, sprains and muscular pains. The Sandy Fire Department is looking to do something about that.

The department became the first in the nation to buy three new state-of-the-art backboards long straight boards used for carrying people who have been injured from the scene of an accident to the ambulance.

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