WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - It's not very big, but it's what West Lafayette firefighters call one of the most important members of their fleet.
They're talking about their rescue ATV.
"It's actually helped out to have a vehicle like this around," said Deputy Chief Tony Shutter.
It may be smaller than your average fire truck, but Shutter said you shouldn't under estimate what the ATV can do.
"Anything our big trucks have, we carry on here too," said Shutter.
That includes a backboard, and instruments to treat anything from a small ankle sprain, to a trauma. For about a year, the West Lafayette Fire Department has taken the ATV all around town.
"We use it a lot for all of the functions in the city," said Shutter. "Festivals, the games on the weekend, Breakfast Club, and any other function that's on the streets. We use it for all of our medical runs and everything."
The $24,000 piece of equipment was given to the department by Firehouse Subs last October. The hope was that this ATV could take the department places they might normally not be able to go.
"We can get around the village pretty quick, with the traffic the way it is, a lot easier than a big truck," said Shutter.
It's a small tool that seems to be quite popular throughout the Hoosier state, and a small tool they say they plan to keep in their tool box for quite some time.
"A lot of the cities and rural departments have units like this right now," said Shutter. "So, it's a trend that's catching on."
Shutter said they use the vehicle year-round. It's next big adventure? This weekend's Purdue Homecoming festivities.
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