Motorsports Businesses Making a Difference
VMP ATV Park And Local Businesses Donate Polaris Ranger To Fire DepartmentJennifer Rails (March 2014)
COUNTY, VA (from 2008 Archives)
Christmas came early this year to the
Dinwiddie County, Virginia Fire & EMS Department in the form of a 2008
Polaris Ranger, complete with light bar, siren, graphics and other emergency
equipment. The gift was made possible thanks to the generosity of
several local businesses and their hardworking staff.
The purpose of the
gift was to provide the county Fire & EMS department with additional
capability to maneuver through crowds, forests and rough terrain to reach
injured persons. Farmers, forestry workers and outdoor enthusiasts,
and others who typically work or play in remote areas are likely to benefit from
the rescue capabilities provided by the new vehicle.
The Polaris Ranger,
known as a UTV, has all-wheel-drive, rollover protection, three-passenger
capacity and a bed capable of carrying supplies and emergency equipment such as
a stretcher or backboard. VMP-ATV Family Trail Park
and General Manager,
Christopher Edens, donated the 2008 Polaris Ranger to be used in the project, as
well as the state of the art light bar and siren system. The Ranger was then
outfitted by Polaris Industries
with an extra battery for power, on-road and off-road tires, and
the installation of the light bar and siren system. Dreamz in Motion completed
the project by adding the county decals and graphics. The resulting emergency
vehicle is valued at approximately $15,000.
These businesses saw a very
real need, were able to fill that need as a way of expressing appreciation for
the work that the Dinwiddie County administration, employees and elected
officials have been doing to make Dinwiddie such a desirable community.
The Ranger was presented to Mr. Dennis Hale, Director of Emergency
Services and Mr. Tony Williams, Fire Marshall of Dinwiddie County on October 7,
2008 at Dinwiddie Fire Station 1. (see it here)
The first use of the
vehicle was at the Virginia
on the weekend of October 10th through 12th. The Ranger
allowed emergency workers to weave through the crowds at this event which draws
over 40,000 people to the complex.