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Grant Search and Rescue getting new command rig

The new truck will replace a 30-year-old rig that Sheriff Glenn Palmer says is posing reliability and repair prbolems.

Blue Mountain Eagle

Published on January 26, 2015 12:49PM

CANYON CITY – Sheriff Glenn Palmer got the green light this month to purchase a new truck for Grant County’s Search and Rescue unit.

At its Jan. 7 meeting, the County Court voted unanimously to allow Palmer to spend up to $50,000 on the new vehicle. The total cost will include the 4x4 Ford crew cab truck, plus a utility box and heavy-duty bumper with winch attachment.

Palmer said the vehicle will be bought through state purchasing to ensure a good price. The money will come from capital outlay in the sheriff’s funds.

He said he felt the Search and Rescue members deserve an upgrade from the existing truck, a 1985 Dodge that has been having mechanical problems.

“We’re seeing reliability and dependability issues,” he said.

The new four-door truck will transport more people than the old truck, and that will cut down on Search and Rescue members needing to take private vehicles to situations. It can serve as a command post in the field.

Palmer said the old truck could be sold as surplus at auction, with the money to go into the county general fund.


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