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New addition to the fire department
With the Mexico Fire Department's new Polaris UTV 6x6 are Mexico Relief Association members (from left) Allen Chartier, Ben Sarle, Matt Winston (at the wheel), Mat Theriault, Jamee Theriault and Mike Arsenault. See video on the Rumford Falls Times' Facebook page. (Times photo by Bruce Farrin)
MEXICO -- Following close to three years of fundraising events, the Mexico Firefighter's Relief Assocation has realized a monumental goal of purchasing a rescue all-terrain vehicle.
It's called a Polaris UTV 6x6 and was purchased at "a good deal" at a cost of roughly $11,500 through Absolute PowerSports of Gorham, NH. Mexico Fire Chief Gary Wentzell said they would take delivery in about a month, but it was ready sooner than expected.
Fire Relief members Allen Chartier, Ben Sarle, Matt Winston, Mat Theriault, Jamee Theriault and Mike Arsenault were present in front of the fire station Saturday morning to show off the UTV, which they said will be treated like any response vehicle, including for mutual aid calls.
All will also be required to take an ATV course as well.
The idea for obtaining this rescue vehicle about three years back when the wife of Ed Carey, one of their firefighters, was injured in an accident deep in the woods. They depended upon a rescue vehicle from the Andover Fire Department to reach her.
They thought it might take maybe a year to do the fundraising, but it took much longer.
They began with a goal of obtaining an ATV 6x6, but then went for this machine, which is more stable and can handle more weight.
Included in the fundraising were toll roads, dances, car washes, a car show and help through the local Pizza Hut, which permitted a boot there to collect donations. Members are proud to note they raised monies without asking businesses for funding.
Meanwhile the Relief Association will continue with their fundraising activities.
One of those will be a Halloween Dance on Saturday from 8 p.m. to midnight on Saturday at American Legion Post 24.
Music by Sterotype. Tickets are $8 each or $15 a couple. Prizes for best costumes are $100 (donated by Wentzell's Autobody), $50 and $25.
Proceeds from this event will go towards the purchase of a winch and windshield for the UTV.
In the future, they are looking to purchase a rescue skid attachment for the machine, for things like transporting the heavy Indian water tanks when firefighters have to battle wood fires.
Erik Designs has offered to donate the lettering for the machine.
The Relief Association will now ask the Board of Selectmen for approval to transfer ownership of the UTV to the fire department.