Polaris Ranger 6x6 - Holmen Fire Department
Holmen Area Fire Department has responsibilities for over 66
square miles of land in three municipalities. Much of their coverage area in
not reachable with even their smallest fire vehicle. They needed a quick
response, lightweight, nimble vehicle that could cover miles of bike and
Their vehicle needed to be small enough to navigate on small
trails, but be able to carry 80 gallons of water, a water pump, a hose reel
and a bunch of tools and EMS supplies. With the payload of a full size truck
(1250 lbs. carrying capacity) and the
off-road traction and performance of an all-terrain vehicle, the
Polaris Ranger 6x6 fit the bill perfectly. The
Ranger 6X6 EFI provides on-demand six-wheel drive and independent center and
rear axle suspension for unmatched performance and a smoother ride. The
Switch-Engaged On-Demand true 6-wheel shaft drive allows drivers to quickly
and easily adapt to changing terrain and loads.
Before the Holmen Area Fire Department could use their
Ranger 6x6, they needed to customize it a bit for their unique needs. For
that, they turned to TerraTor Corporation and selected a Pumpster™
mini-tender pumper unit. TerraTor makes several different skids suited for
UTVs, but the Pumpster™ is the most comprehensive and requires the removal
of the factory bed.
The Pumpster™ mini-pumper is a diamond-plated unit that fits
on the back of the Polaris Ranger or other UTVs like the Jon Deere Gator,
Kubota RTV or Kawasaki Mule.
The Ranger 6x6 carries 100 gallons of water and 3 gallons of
class A foam that can be inducted into the water stream. An on-board pump
also lets fire fighters draw from a pond, creek or pool. The unit carries a
1" hose on a reel and another 100 ft. of 1" hose in a storage compartment.
The on-board pump is capable of feeding both 1" hoses during fire
The option of switching between a stokes basket for safe
evacuation of injured victims and a gear crib that holds chainsaws, Jaws of
Life and other equipment greatly enhances the vehicles capabilities.
The stokes basket fits into the skid in a way that makes it
possible for an EMT to administer to the victim from the back of the
Holmen is a village in La Crosse County, Wisconsin with a
population of about 7,500. Holmen contains many wooded areas, hills, and
bluffs, and the Mississippi River passes just to the west of the village.
The Great River State Trail is perfect for walking and biking, but also
creates access issues for normal-sized fire department vehicles.
Because of its size and construction, the Ranger 6x6 UTV can
get places that large fire trucks or even pick-up tracks can't. Mobility is
on of the TerraTor mini-pumper tanker's greatest strengths, according to
George Korycan, CEO or TerraTor Corporation. "The TerraTor mini-tanker is
the maximum 'rat patrol' in fire fighting. Small, agile, fast on the job and
up and away before anything can touch it."
2006 Polaris Ranger 6x6 EFI Specifications:
1750 lb. payload
1250 lb. cargo capacity
15 cu. ft. cargo volume
1750 lb. towing capacity
44 mph top speed
On-Demand true 6-wheel drive
6.25 in. rear suspension travel
7.2 in. ground clearance
499cc liquid-cooled 4-Valve 4-Stroke single cylinder
Fuel Capacity 8.0 gallons
Wheelbase 90 in.
Dry Weight 1410lbs.
Length/Width/Height 120x60x75 in
Automotive style 4-wheel hydraulic disc brakes
Seating for three
2-inch receiver hitch
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