Rotary Club donates 'Jaws of Life' to Police

The Rotary Club of Port Moresby has pledged to donate a mechanical apparatus, commonly referred to as ‘Jaws of Life’, to the Royal PNG Constabulary.

The contraption is used to help rescue or free victims trapped inside vehicles involved in accidents.

“The Rotary Club of Port Moresby is giving the Jaws of Life to Police in PNG because they always respond first to accidents, disasters and emergencies,” says International Director for Rotary Club of Port Moresby, Ernest Lohberger.

The presentation of the mechanical equipment at the police headquarters in Port Moresby on Tuesday (Feb 27) was commended by Deputy Police Commissioner and Chief of Operations, Jim Andrews.

“The Jaws of Life will enhance police operability, especially when they are required to cut through twisted metal or concrete to free up victims in a car crash or other accidents and emergencies,” says ACP Andrews.

Similar equipment and some firemen protective suits and helmets were donated to the PNG Fire Service in the past as part of the Rotary Club’s charitable work in the country.

In addition to this, the Club is also building a new office for the Family & Sexual Violence Unit (FSVU) at the downtown Port Moresby Police station to help the Constabulary reach out and assist victims.

Negotiations are also underway with Rotary Australia for the acquisition of a new fire truck for Kavieng town, in New Ireland Province.

ACP Andrews said the Rotary Club of Port Moresby deserves to be commended because it is silently contributing a lot to the country.

He thanked the Club for its donation, which will save a lot of lives.

Annette Kora