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Nearly $29K grant will outfit Banks Fire with UTV for medical emergencies and fires in hard-to-reach areas

COURTESY PHOTO - By Oct. 1, Banks Fire Department will have a Utility Vehicle similar to this one but including a hose and a stretcher.Banks Fire District #13 received a grant from the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation Board of Directors to buy a Utility Vehicle (UTV) and accompanying accessories, which will help department firefighters access calls in difficult terrain.

The grant allows the department to spend up to $28,963 for the equipment.

The department receives numerous trauma calls from across the 136 square miles of mainly rural territory it serves, including areas that are inaccessible by standard vehicles. A UTV will allow crews to maneuver through tough terrain, getting to a patient or fire quickly so they can stabilize or transport patients or begin attacking the fire while reinforcements make their way to the scene.

Time is critical in both patient care and in combating rural fires, said Banks Fire Public Information Officer Mitch Ward, and "our UTV will be equipped to deal with both scenarios."

Ward calls the UTV a "big brother to the All-Terrain Vehicle (ATV)."

The district is honored to receive the award, Ward said in a press release, "and excited by the improved service delivery this UTV will provide our district."

Delivery is expected by October 1, Ward said.

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