INDUSTRY INNOVATIONS: Sturbridge Purchases KIMTEK Transport Skid Unit For UTV

The Sturbridge Fire Department's KIMTEK Firelite FP-10 transport skid unit.
The Sturbridge Fire Department's KIMTEK Firelite FP-10 transport skid unit.

KIMTEK Corporation of Vermont completed installation of one of its Firelite Series transport skid units for the Sturbridge (Mass.) Fire Department.

Sturbridge Fire Chief Leonard E. Senecal said the Firelite Model FP-10 skid unit was purchased with a grant from the Department of Conservation and Recreation for use with its John Deere Gator utility vehicle.

Sturbridge has a population of about 10,000 and is home to Old Sturbridge Village, a nationally recognized outdoor history museum that includes over 40 buildings on 200 acres portraying life in the early 19th century.

In addition to protection for Old Sturbridge Village, Chief Senecal said the new KIMTEK transport skid is well suited for brush fires, football games and other town events that draw large crowds.

KIMTEK said its transport skid units are ideal for fire and medical rescue operations in remote locations too narrow or rugged for ordinary vehicles to easily traverse, as well as for use maneuvering safely through large crowds.

The Sturbridge Firelite transport skid unit includes a Pacer pump with a tank and a victim rescue area. The ability to transport a victim atop the skid is an important feature, according to KIMTEK founder and President Kimball Johnson, who is a volunteer firefighter and EMT.

"Reaching the site might be only part of the job," he said. "Transporting a victim swiftly to medical services is an option rescue personnel always want to have."

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