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Posted: Mar 26, 2019

UTV and ATV Units Being Equipped for Fire, Rescue, and EMS Duties

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UTV and ATV Units Being Equipped for Fire, Rescue, and EMS Duties


Fire departments are turning to utility terrain vehicles (UTVs) and all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) for a number of different applications, including emergency response in rough terrain, as wildland firefighting units, as ancillary pumpers to engine companies, and as quick-response rescue and emergency medical service (EMS) units.

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Jed Leonard, vice president of government and defense sales for Polaris®, says that his company’s vehicles have been used by various fire agencies “to improve response times and get to hard-to-reach areas without compromising mission effectiveness. These light off-road vehicles let firefighters get to places their other vehicles can’t reach effectively, whether it be mountainous or hilly terrain, forested and rural areas, or tight urban environments.”

This Polaris Ranger is set up for fire suppression on a 6x6 chassis. (Photos 1 and 2 courtesy of Polaris.)

1 This Polaris Ranger is set up for fire suppression on a 6x6 chassis. (Photos 1 and 2 courtesy of Polaris.)

This Polaris Ranger 4x4 is a dedicated rescue/EMS unit.

2 This Polaris Ranger 4x4 is a dedicated rescue/EMS unit.

The Polaris Ranger® has been used widely for both fire and rescue applications, Leonard says, and by employing a skid approach to the bed of the unit, it can be used for multiple missions by changing the configuration from fire to rescue or to event participation. “We also have an integration capability with our vehicles where we partner with RKO for fire skids and Action Fleet and Federal Signal for various other parts of the skid kits,” he points out.

While Polaris is now delivering a newer Ranger platform, the Ranger 1000 XP, it also offers the General® chassis, which has a smaller rear bed than the Ranger, meaning it has less payload capacity but with a different suspension and seating configuration that suits it well for general patrol or beach patrol type missions, Leonard notes. Polaris also added all-electric GEM™ e2 and e4 vehicles to its public safety line.

Ben White, sponsorship manager for Textron, notes that Textron makes a wide variety of side-by-side UTVs and ATVs. “What we see most commonly chosen by fire departments is the Stampede 4 because it can carry four passengers and 600 pounds of equipment in its dump bed,” White says. “The Stampede 4 is powered by an 80-horsepower (hp) electronic fuel injection (EFI) gasoline engine and has a two-inch receiver at the rear that allows it to handle an additional 2,000 pounds

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Posted: Mar 26, 2019

UTV and ATV Units Being Equipped for Fire, Rescue, and EMS Duties

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UTV and ATV Units Being Equipped for Fire, Rescue, and EMS Duties


Fire departments are turning to utility terrain vehicles (UTVs) and all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) for a number of different applications, including emergency response in rough terrain, as wildland firefighting units, as ancillary pumpers to engine companies, and as quick-response rescue and emergency medical service (EMS) units.

VEHICLES

Jed Leonard, vice president of government and defense sales for Polaris®, says that his company’s vehicles have been used by various fire agencies “to improve response times and get to hard-to-reach areas without compromising mission effectiveness. These light off-road vehicles let firefighters get to places their other vehicles can’t reach effectively, whether it be mountainous or hilly terrain, forested and rural areas, or tight urban environments.”

This Polaris Ranger is set up for fire suppression on a 6x6 chassis. (Photos 1 and 2 courtesy of Polaris.)

1 This Polaris Ranger is set up for fire suppression on a 6x6 chassis. (Photos 1 and 2 courtesy of Polaris.)

This Polaris Ranger 4x4 is a dedicated rescue/EMS unit.

2 This Polaris Ranger 4x4 is a dedicated rescue/EMS unit.

The Polaris Ranger® has been used widely for both fire and rescue applications, Leonard says, and by employing a skid approach to the bed of the unit, it can be used for multiple missions by changing the configuration from fire to rescue or to event participation. “We also have an integration capability with our vehicles where we partner with RKO for fire skids and Action Fleet and Federal Signal for various other parts of the skid kits,” he points out.

While Polaris is now delivering a newer Ranger platform, the Ranger 1000 XP, it also offers the General® chassis, which has a smaller rear bed than the Ranger, meaning it has less payload capacity but with a different suspension and seating configuration that suits it well for general patrol or beach patrol type missions, Leonard notes. Polaris also added all-electric GEM™ e2 and e4 vehicles to its public safety line.

Ben White, sponsorship manager for Textron, notes that Textron makes a wide variety of side-by-side UTVs and ATVs. “What we see most commonly chosen by fire departments is the Stampede 4 because it can carry four passengers and 600 pounds of equipment in its dump bed,” White says. “The Stampede 4 is powered by an 80-horsepower (hp) electronic fuel injection (EFI) gasoline engine and has a two-inch receiver at the rear that allows it to handle an additional 2,000 pounds

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Posted: Mar 26, 2019

Iowa-based MedForce treats the sickest patients and addresses the most urgent needs

PHOTOS: No two calls are ever the same for the crew of MedForce Aeromedical Transport. But when the sleek, blue-and-yellow medical helicopter transport is called to the scene of a crash, fire or near-drowning, the crew – and the public – knows it’s serious. “There's a lot of calls. All the calls are bad,” said Justin Hicks, a six-year flight nurse for MedForce.
- PUB DATE: 3/26/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Quad-City Times
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Posted: Mar 26, 2019

Emergency officials prepare for possibility of electric vehicle accidents in Michigan

VIDEO: The march of time is bringing us the electric car. It's no longer a science experiment, as there are electric cars, particularly Teslas, all over town. But any car can have an accident, and electric vehicles are a new challenge for firefighters and it can be dangerous, as well. Electric cars run on lithium batteries, roughly the same batteries as cellphones, but they are hundreds of times larger and come with enormous challenges for everyone involved in an accident.
- PUB DATE: 3/26/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WDIV-TV NBC 4 Detroit
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Posted: Mar 26, 2019

Bill to provide labor education for firefighters heads to Illinois House floor

A bill introduced by state Rep. Lance Yednock, D-Ottawa, would allow firefighter academy graduates to receive a brief history of the labor movement for firefighters passed out of the House Labor and Commerce Committee. House Bill 2215 allows for candidates to receive a brief presentation that provides them with a historical perspective on the labor movement in the fire service.
- PUB DATE: 3/26/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: MyWebTimes-The Times
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