New All-Terrain Vehicles Leased To City
by Betsy Jibben, Reporter
July 31, 2013 7:10 PM
The city of Sioux Falls will now see 2 new emergency vehicles on its streets. J&L Harley Davidson and Big Sioux Powersports have leased these new all-terrain vehicles. One is going to Sioux Falls Fire Rescue and the other to Sioux Falls Police Department.
Both of these vehicles are leased out for only a dollar a piece. It’s something the companies say is a way to give back to the community.
Sioux Falls Fire Rescue and Sioux Falls Police Department are receiving new additions to their fleet. Sioux Falls Fire Rescue received this red CanAm Commander side-by-side and a CanAm Outlander ATV 650
“There are countless times where we both as police and fire departments have needs for this,” said Sioux Falls Police Chief Doug Barthel.
The departments say these vehicles will be a big help in different instances. They say with these new all-terrain vehicles. They will be able to respond better in situations where a car can’t get to as easily.
“Along the river we have had problems in the past of getting access to those and this one is designed for fire to carry patients. If we do have someone has a problem with heat stroke or any other type of medical emergency, we can get to them easier," said Sioux Falls Fire Rescue Chief Jim Sideras.
But the city says they can also be used around the city to monitor events such as JazzFest. It’s even a big held in wooded areas.
“We’ve had lost children in wooded areas and along the rivers. Last year we had an unfortunate incident with a homicide in a very deep wooded area where really the only way we could get in there would be with all-terrain vehicles,” said Barthel.
Both are street legal, equipped with emergency equipment such as sirens and turn signals.
“These are licensed and road worthy. That gives us a new dynamic for our crews,” said Sideras.
And these additions were basically free. They were leased from J&L Harley Davidson and Big Sioux PowerSports with a small lease price-tag of $1 per year.
“We are happy to give back to our community and we really do look forward to a continued relationship with them," and J&L Harley Davidson and Big Sioux PowerSports Jim Entenman.
The Entenman family is no stranger to the city. Since 1998, they have leased motorcycles to the city for $1 per year. This is the first time they have leased all-terrain vehicles to the city.