The Fireman’s Fund Heritage Grant through HUB International donated funding for the purchase of an All-Terrain Vehicle (ATV-1) and Self Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBAs) to the City of Riverside Fire Department. The grant of $28,581 was used to purchase these items, strengthening emergency response and firefighter safety.
ATV-1 has already been placed in service and has been used on multiple responses to aid crews in accessing patients in Sycamore Canyon Wilderness Park and Mount Rubidoux. It can also be used to access remote locations where normal vehicle access is limited. It is 4-wheel drive capable and has a passenger carrying capacity of five. There is a removable insert which allows a patient to be transported with spinal immobilization and a seat in the rear for continuous monitoring of patients. The vehicle is street legal and has code three capabilities. Captain Dave McClellan and Engineer Frank Smith were the lead project managers and facilitators to place ATV-1 in service. The SCBAs are the air cylinders that provide breathable air for our firefighters when exposed to smoke, fire or other contaminated areas. Deputy Chief Bob Valdez said, “This is an outstanding example of a community partnership between HUB International and public safety to provide an outside the box solution to benefit and protect the citizens the City of Riverside.”