The Boissevain fire department's Jaws of Life are too weak to pry open tough metal on new vehicles, says fire Chief Martin Paradis, which is why they are fundraising to purchase a new set.

The hydraulic apparatus tears apart the wreckage of a vehicle accident to free people trapped inside.

"The issue with them right now is that the strength of the cutters and the spreaders are very difficult to cut through or spread the new steel that's coming out in vehicles. The vehicles are getting stronger and safer every day ... so we got to upgrade our technology," Paradis said.

Their current set is between 12- and 14-years-old and need to be replaced.

Paradis says one-third of the calls they receive are for vehicle collisions, and one-third of those require Jaws of Life assistance.

The department has collected around one-third of their $41,000 goal. The fire chief says they would like to raise the remainder at their ball tournament at the end of August.

At the event there will be beer garden, a children's carnival, and pork on a bun.

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