FARMINGTON -- To get to those hard-to-reach mountainous places for emergency search and rescue and medical care, the Davis County Sheriff's Office is receiving a surplus Humvee on loan from the military.
The 1990 model, with only 40,000 miles on it, is valued at $46,000, said Davis County Sheriff's Sgt. Susan Poulsen.
On Tuesday, the Davis County Commission accepted the donation from the federal government, and approved the $1,018 transaction fee in making the donation possible.
The sheriff's office will use the Humvee for canyon patrol, to transport search and rescue crews to emergency incidents, and to retrieve injured personnel from the mountainside, officials said.
Previously, the sheriff's rescue has had to rely on placing injured personnel in the back of a pickup truck to bring them down out of the canyon -- or rely on helicopter to bring them out -- because the county ambulance vehicles have been unable to reach them, Poulsen said.
This particular Humvee is built to handle the mountainous terrain of the Wasatch Front, Davis County Undersheriff Kevin Fielding said.
"We'll save some wear and tear on our other vehicles," Fielding said.
The Humvee, currently military green, will be painted in sheriff's office colors, with sheriff's emblems to be affixed to the vehicle, Poulsen said.
The loan of the military vehicle to the sheriff's office is part of an ongoing loan program in which the military provides law enforcement agencies across the country with some of its underutilized military surplus equipment, Poulsen said.
The sheriff's office has already taken delivery of the vehicle and is in the process of cleaning it up and preparing it for operation, Fielding said.
While the county has possession of the vehicle, it will be responsible for fueling and maintaining it.