The Independence Fire Department has added a new vehicle to their fleet.
The department says over the last couple years, they had a few calls where a UTV would have come in handy – so the Associated voted last year to purchase a fire/rescue Polaris Ranger.
The Ranger is equipped with a fire pump, water and a rescue basket able to remove victims from remote areas. The fire department says they’ll be able to use it for field fires, ditch fires and rescues in remote areas. With the growing trail system in Independence, snowmobile trails through Buchanan County and the growing trend with UTVs taking over, the Ranger is expected to serve the community for years to come.
Chief Hayward says the fire department was able to purchase the equipment at no cost to taxpayers due to the generosity of being named in four estates over the past five years. Hayward says it’s because of generous donations and community support that the Independence Fire Department is able to have such great equipment.
photo courtesy of Independence Fire Department