Lenoir County gets new firefighting UTV

LENOIR COUNTY, N.C. (WITN) – Lenoir County Emergency Services has a new way to approach emergencies – an all-hazards UTV.

According to emergency services officials, the 2024 Polaris XP 1000 UTV is a multi-purpose piece of equipment that will support emergency responders with brush-related fires using an 85-gallon fire skid, and it also has an EMS skid unit to transport sick or injured people as well.

Officials also say that during emergencies where conventional vehicles can not be used, the new UTV can be used to transport personnel and equipment in and out of emergency scenes.

Officials say that the UTV was purchased with Capacity Building Competitive Grant funds. The funds were state-allocated in the 2023 budget to support county emergency management programs