Smoky River Emergency Services has a new UTV to handle remote and wildland emergencies.
“It gives us the capability to fight fires in tough areas and it also gives us the means for off-road rescue,” says Fire Chief Marcel Maure.
The fire department purchased a Polaris XP Ranger side-by-side from Stojan’s Power Sports & Marine in Grande Prairie, for $16,500.
The fire chief obtained a $15,000 grant from Richardson Pioneer Ltd. The M.D. council approved the purchase during their meeting on July 6 and added $1,500 from the fire department’s budget for the purchase.
The UTV will be fitted with a stretcher unit and a small pumper package, then firefighters will start training with it.
Smoky River Emergency Services Training
The fire department holds training throughout the year and there are several stories in this week’s edition.