Sanpete Search and Rescue has named its new extrication vehicle Rescue One.
Andy Shaw, Search and Rescue commander, says the new vehicle will be used in a number of ways. One of them will be the extrication of accident victims who may be trapped and unconscious in a car or truck that is on fire. The vehicle will also be used in connection with ambulance responses, traffic assists, water and mountain rescues and rappelling.The vehicle is equipped with a variety of equipment needed in rescue operations and is capable of a quick response, Shaw said. Search and Rescue members who will operate Rescue One either are EMTs or have had first-responder training, he explained.
Rescue One was purchased at a cost of $26,516. Of the amount, $7,897 came from Sanpete County, and the remainder from Search and Rescue's main fund-raising project.
Earlier this spring, Douglas Barton, general manager of stations KMTI and KMXU, turned over the operation of the stations to Sanpete Search and Rescue.
Search and Rescue members served as the announcers, the disk jockeys and the advertising sales people.