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Champlain Fire District gets new ATV

CHAMPLAIN Good news for the folks living in and nearby Champlain: there is a new fire and emergency rescue vehicle that can get to even the most remote areas in the event of a fire, rescue or medical emergency. According to Todd Jarvis, president of the Niagra Hose Company, the new Cub Cadet ATV will not only get into places that even their brush truck cannot, it will save a lot of sore backs as well. Usually when theres a brush fire the guys are having to carry Indian tanks on their backs as they walk in, but this way they can drive right in, he said. Its much more versatile, he added. Where the brush truck may get stuck, this is much lighter and just keeps on going. Weve already put it to use four times, said Fire Chief Chris Trombley. There were brush and grass fires that had occurred during the first week that they had the new vehicle. It will also be used for rescues out on the ice, places in town that are difficult to get to, hunting and hiking accidents, he said. The ATV will actually serve the fire department as well as Champlain Rescue, Incorporated. Funding for the purchase came from those two entities as well as the Champlain Fire District, Trombley explained. It is the first time weve done this, he said of the combined efforts. It is nice that we were able to use money saved from fundraising efforts as a direct benefit to the community, and that we could save the taxpayers money. We were able to draw from our nest egg, Jarvis said. Throughout the year the department hosts breakfasts, they have a fall calendar drive, and they also had a memorial donation in honor of Bruce Barcomb, who had served for many years before losing his battle with cancer. It is unique in this area, I believe we are the only one in the whole Northern Tier, Trombley said. He said Dragoons Farm Equipment was very helpful in ordering the Cub Cadet, but it was a bit of a challenge finding the right apparatus, given that weight was a concern. They found what they were looking for from a small company, CET Pumps, out of Pierreville, Quebec. The new ATV is equipped with a 100-foot reel hose that also has the capacity for hooking on to a 200-foot forestry hose. The unit holds 75 gallons of water and five gallons of foam, and carries a Scotty Foam injection unit. There is also plenty of room for a rescue sled as well as various other tools and equipment. Its always loaded up on a trailer and ready to go, Jarvis said.

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