Snowbound Grand Gorge resident gets assistance from fire department members

By Karen Hinkley
A Grand Gorge man was helped out by members of the Grand Gorge Fire Department after the huge snowstorm of last week that left over five feet of snow in some locations. The man who lives in a remote area on mountain ridge had been unable to leave his home because of the accumulations of snow and finally reached out for help by contacting Constable Steve Williamson.
Armed with bags of groceries, the fire department reached the man with the fire department’s ARGO - an all-terrain vehicle that is equipped with tracks for emergencies like this.  Wink Hinkley, GGFD 1st assistant chief, who operated the ARGO, exclaimed that we are so thankful that we have the equipment that could provide help to this man as his food supply was running low for him and his three dogs.  
Other department members assisting in the rescue included Tom Murray, Dan Ballard and Chief DJ Speenburgh.  This piece of equipment can be used when every second counts in search and rescue operations and was also used by department member Tom Murray, safety officer, during a flood disaster in Downsville a few years ago.  This amphibious, multi-purpose, multi-passenger, off-road vehicle provides a highly efficient mode of transportation for various emergency service responders, their equipment, and patients.  Grand Gorge’s unit can also be equipped with a 75-gallon tank for fire suppression and a backboard for patient rescues.  Drills are held periodically throughout the year during different seasons as department members practice on all types of terrain.