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   Website updated:   December 21, 2017 at 12:01 AM EST.  

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The 2016 FALL FIRE SCHOOL and  ATV / UTV SAFETY & RESCUE class was another great success

We hope to see you in London, KY, again in 2017.

Contact:  KY State Fire Rescue Training -- Area 13 by phone at:  606-862-0318  - or -  
Email:  marc.rudder@kctcs.edu  —  at:  Somerset Community College Laurel County Center.

Broadhead VFD at Kentucky ATV & UTV Rescue Training

Are your rescue personnel ready for multiple victim off-road emergency transports?

Call:  859-359-4502  or Email:  EEResQ@cs.com to learn how to make this happen.

John Deere Gator RSX-850i and All Terrain Res-Q

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ATV Off Road Rescue Patient Trailer

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Gator RSX-850i and Rescue Trailer

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Our new 'Patient / Cover' works with any basket stretcher!

Patient / Litter Cover for Rescue Trailer

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This winter really go in the snow with an 'ATR' Skis package!

Rescue Sled Ski Package

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INTRODUCING the 'FireLite Transport' UTV skid!



"Off-Road Fire Fighting and Patient Evacuation"

on your 6X6 or 6X4 Fire / Rescue utility vehicle.

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For HAZMAT MCI / WMD / EMS Response Teams!


Check it out,

"MedLite Transport Deluxe Patient Evacuation"

Designed to slide into your 6X6 or 6X4 UTV.

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"FireLite 4X4" on the HPX Gator! 

(Available for Gator, Ranger, RTV, Mule, Cub UTVs with +900 lb. bed capacity.)

For more info on 'FireLite 4X4' UTV Inserts 

Email us at:  EEResQ@cs.com


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INTRODUCING the 'WAVE' Loading Device!


"MedLite 4X4" on the XUV Gator!

(Available on Gator, Ranger, RTV, Mule, Cub UTVs with +650 lb. bed capacity.)

For more info on 'MedLite 4X4' UTV Inserts

 Call us at:   859-359-4502


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For HAZMAT, WMD / MCI Response Teams!


"Winch Assisted Victim Evacuation"

///EMERGENCY EQUIPMENT and 'All Terrain Res-Qin cooperation with the USARNG's 73RD Civil Support Team in Topeka, Kansas developed this new "One Rescuer" unique emergency patient loading device for your ATR.

For more information on 'ATRs' and 'WAVE' Loading Device:  Email us at:    EEResQ@cs.com .

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Check this out!

 East Pierce County, Washington, Fire / Rescue's


"Winch Assisted Victim Evacuation"

Add this device to your 'All Terrain Res-Q Trailerand give your response teams the ability to load a downed victim with just "One Rescuer" using this emergency patient loading system.  Or, safely load extremely heavy patients with just 2 rescuers!

To place an order for your 'ATR' and 'WAVE' Loading Device call us at:   859-359-4502.

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In Washington State...

on site ATV Safety & Rescue Training Course


Here's some pictures from their in-house ATV training program.


An "official" ATVSI course (ATV Safety Institute) to hold classes.


We have a 12% grade hill, and two certified ATVSI Instructors.


We've taught over 25 courses to our fellow rescuers in WA.


Each ATV class is approximately 9 hours long and consists of:  Winch Operations,   Wildland Fire Operations,   GPS usage,

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Off-Road Res-Q ATV / OHV Rescue News:

Posted:  December 1, 2009

"Not All UTV's Are Created Equal"

By:  Kimball Johnson

In recent years, the big brother of ATV's, known as the UTV, have seen a rapid rise in use by emergency services organizations across the country. Fire, Police and EMS are now recognizing a wide variety of uses and applications for these UTV vehicles including wild land firefighting, emergency medical evacuation from remote locations, police search and rescue operations, crowd control, SARS urban interface just to name a few.

As President and owner of one of the leading manufacturers of medical and fire skid units built specifically for these specialized vehicles, I get calls daily from chief officers and administrators from across the country inquiring about the suitability of one type of make model UTV over another. The ones that haven't purchased a UTV yet are in luck. It is the organization that has already purchased a UTV with the mistaken notion that the particular make/model they purchased will be adequate for the needs of the emergency services they lead who are sometimes in trouble.

There are many UTV makes and models to choose from on the market today. Some are much better suited for emergency services work than others. Some UTV's have no business being utilized by these organizations at all for emergency services work. The Polaris Ranger 6x6 and 4x4, Kubota RTV 900, Kawasaki Mule 3010 and 4010, John Deere Gator 6x4 and 4x4, Cub Cadet Big Country and Volunteer, the Buffalo 6x6 and the Argo amphibious ATV are all units that are very popular and seem to be the best suited for emergency services work. There are many other makes and models that deserve tighter scrutiny to insure they will be useful for the mission they will be expected to fulfill.

Emergency services organizations need to put just as much time, effort, thought and due diligence into the purchase of their UTV as they would for their next ambulance or fire truck. First, we need to outline mission objectives, types of typography/geography in the main response area (hilly, steep versus swampy, moist environments) and ultimately the primary mission of the UTV in the organization, medical transport, wild land firefighting or a combination of the two. Once these questions have been answered, then the organization can look at the specifications of the different type UTV models available that best meet the mission objectives. Second, safety must always be high on the list. Most UTV's provide seat belts but make sure the UTV model you are interested in comes equipped with them (and then write proper SOG's or SOP's to insure your organization follows the seat belts always rule) as well as having ROPS (roll over protection structure) which is essentially a roll cage that protects the occupants of the seated areas in the UTV. Third, is the overall weight carrying capacity of the entire unit but more specific the carrying capacity of the cargo bed is of utmost importance. This is where many departments get tripped up. They go out and purchase a unit that cannot meet industry-carrying requirements of these skid units but find out too late.

When considering the purchase of a UTV, I am certain that true 4x4 or 6x6 drive train capability is a must for your organization. Again, check the make/model specifications carefully. Some claim to be 6x6 (which they are, almost) but looking closer you will find that only 4 of the 6 wheels on the vehicle are really true drive wheels. The other two wheels are just freewheeling. Test drive the units while looking at turning radius on the 6x6 versus the 4x4, or is the payload requirements of your mission dictates the 6x6 over the 4x4.

On cargo bed requirements for a medical type skid unit, I have a rule of thumb that the UTV you are buying should be rated to carry at least 650 lbs. in the cargo bed of the unit. We get to this number by adding the weight of the base skid unit (usually 150 lbs. or less) by the average weight of an attendant, patient, trauma bag, O2 bag and bottle and other necessary items. There are UTV's out there that are rated to only carry 400 lbs. in the cargo bed, which is way below the 650 lbs. mentioned above. If it is a wild land firefighting skid with water and gear that you are interested in, that number can jump to 900 lbs. and above for a required rated cargo capacity. When doing your due diligence and getting specifications, the web sites of all the manufactures mentioned above is a great starting place. For instance, the Polaris 6x6 Ranger has an overall rated vehicle payload capacity of 1750 lbs. with a rated cargo bed capacity of 1250 lbs. The Kubota RTV 900 has similar ratings at an overall payload capacity of 1653 lbs. and 1102-lbs. cargo bed capacity. The Polaris Ranger 4x4 has a vehicle payload capacity of 1500 lbs. and a cargo bed rated capacity of 1000 lbs. As you can see, the relationship between the make and models specifications and rated capacities soon helps you narrow your search for the right UTV for the mission you  expect it to undertake. Most UTV skid manufactures are starting to standardize the size of the skid units. The cargo bed of the UTV should be at least 49" wide and 54" long. UTV units with smaller sized beds will potentially restrict you as to how many skid units you have to choose from and could drive the price up substantially if a customized skid unit needs to be built to fit your particular UTV.

Remember, as a chief officer of an emergency services organization, you do not want to be put in the unenviable position of having to answer tough questions by a high priced litigation attorney seeing your organization because you placed the wrong UTV into the wrong mission area resulting in an accident. We must give these vehicles the same respect and due diligence when deciding which unit to purchase as we do when we buy the larger vehicles. These vehicles can harm our personnel and our patients just like if we have an accident with the larger units. It is imperative that we do everything to prevent an accident by purchasing the right UTV for the mission.

In closing, the point of this article is to get you to consider your options of makes/models of UTV's very closely before you make the final purchase. I also want to say that I am not a fan of the use of ATV's in use by emergency services. I bought one for my small rural department but soon felt that the unit did not provide enough safety protection for my firefighters/EMT's. First you ride up on an ATV like on a motorcycle instead of inside a UTV like a car. Second, there are no seat belts on ATV's where there is almost always seat belts on UTV's, and finally the ATV can be very unstable in many conditions. ATV's should serve limited mission roles in emergency services organizations. Remember that cheaper in terms of cost is not always best when it comes to our national motto for firefighters "Everyone comes home".

Kimball Johnson, Kimtek Corporation



ATVSI  Operator's Course (5 hours), ATR Rescue Trailer Ops,   and  on-highway "Tow Vehicle Operations."

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Off-Road Res-Q ATV / OHV Rescue News:

 Posted:  August 1, 2007

Critics say "ATV Design Still Too Dangerous"

Kent County, Michigan

They're supposed to be fun, off-road recreational vehicles for adults.  But the ATVs that zip through fields, wooded trails, and even on roadways throughout Michigan and beyond, have become death machines for many.  Friday, an 18-year-old Whitehall boy became the state's latest ATV fatality.  A talented three-sport athlete, the young man was not wearing a helmet when he was killed while driving a friend's ATV in Kent County.  He is the seventh area person known to have died in an ATV accident since 1982, when the off-road vehicles were first built.  Last year, two area deaths were reported.  Through 2006, Michigan ranked seventh in the nation in ATV deaths with 280. Thirteen people died last year in ATV crashes on public roads in Michigan.  Government statistics for ATV fatalaties this year are not yet available, but Friday's victim was the first central Michigan area person to die on a four-wheeler in 2007.

Nearly 20 years ago, the federal government declared ATVs an "imminent hazard" and forced manufacturers to drop unstable 3-wheel models in favor of the 4-wheelers sold today.  Regulators also compelled the ATV industry to adopt safety warnings and offer rider training to reduce accidents.  Since then, federal officials have done little more than tally the dead, and the failure of their approach can be seen in the grim body counts coast to coast.  The rate of injuries per ATV has barely budged from where it stood after the government acted in 1988.  Though death rates initially plummeted as 3-wheelers disappeared, there's been scant improvement since

Over the past decade, ATVs have soared in popularity, with 7.6 million in use.  The result:  Record numbers of riders end up in emergency rooms and morgues as ATV accidents kill about 800 people a year and injure an estimated 136,700.  "This is one of the worst examples ever of a government agency failing in its fundamental mission to protect the American public," Stuart M. Statler, a former U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission member, said of the agency's inability to significantly reduce ATV deaths and injuries during the past two decades.  Nearly 8,000 people have died in ATV crashes since the commission began counting, and 2 million have been seriously hurt.  Fully, a quarter of the dead and nearly a third of the injured are children.

Safety risks haven't dented the allure of ATVs.  Over the past decade, sales tripled to $5 billion a year as companies introduced bigger, faster models.  Though companies have added new features such as four-wheel drive and power steering, they haven't eliminated a long-standing problem: overturnsThe machines flip over with punishing regularity -- smashing faces, breaking necks, crushing chestsMajor manufacturers -- Honda, Polaris, Yamaha, Kawasaki, Suzuki, Arctic Cat and Bombardier now CanAm -- insist their machines are safe and stable if operated properly.  They fault riders for accidents.  "The safety issue is with the appropriate use," said a lawyer for ATV market leader Honda.  "It's how people use the machines."

But reckless riders are only part of the problem.  The federal government has not extensively tested ATV stability since at least 1991.  An engineering firm hired by The Oregonian newspaper of Portland, Ore., tested the stability of four popular ATV models and concluded they were dangerously prone to overturnsThe newspaper also analyzed fatal crashes and reached a surprising finding: "Overturns were as common among riders who appeared to be obeying basic safety warnings as among those who didn't."  Together, the results point to the role that ATV design plays in many crashes, yet regulators have largely ignored it.  Meanwhile, abundant evidence shows that riders don't follow the warnings and decline free training programs, the key tenets of the government and industry approach to safety.

Federal records show that more than half of those who die on ATVs perish in crashes where the machines roll over sideways or flip forward or backward.  In some cases, overturns happen after the ATV hits something or tumbles off a steep drop.  But about a third of the time, the government data show, rollovers are only the first known event in a fatal crash.  And as ATV companies make heavier machines, overturns pose an increasing danger.  ATV companies are quick to point out the large number of crashes in which riders ignore warnings.  That is true more than 80 percent of the time in the government's database of fatal crashes.  But failure to comply with warnings doesn't explain all rollovers.  ATV manufacturers don't dispute that their machines can roll or flip.  Instead, they argue ATVs are a special breed of vehicle they describe as "rider-active."

In other words, according to the manufacturers of these vehicles, "it's up to ATV operators to keep the ATV from overturning" by shifting their body weight from side to side, or front to back, as the trail or road conditions require.

Now, let Dad explain the importance of this concept to the 6-year-old he just placed on the seat of a 250cc Sport ATV.  Oh sure, when asked "Do you understand?" he'll nod his head and say "Yes Daddy."

Does he understand the consequences of not getting it right?

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