Grant funds new Aquinnah Police Polaris Ranger

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Aquinnah Police Chief Randhi Belain, left, and Sgt. Paul Manning stand next to the department's new Polaris Ranger Utility Vehicle. — Photo courtesy of Aquinnah PD

The Aquinnah Police Department recently purchased a new Polaris Ranger 4×4 Utility Vehicle (UTV), using a grant provided by the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation.

Based in Jacksonville, Fla., the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation provides agencies across America with funds needed to purchase essential life-saving equipment, according to a press release. Police Chief Randhi Belain said Sergeant Paul Manning applied for the grant, and the department received $13,662, the cost of a Polaris Ranger equipped with a basket-stretcher rescue skid. This equipment will aid personnel responding to emergencies in remote areas of town with limited accessibility, and has the capability of transporting injured persons safely and expeditiously, police said. The new Ranger UTV will replace the department’s 10-year-old Polaris All-Terrain Vehicle.

Chief Belain will ask voters at annual town meeting on May 12 for $4,900 to purchase equipment for the UTV.

Firehouse Subs, founded in Jacksonville, Fla., by former firefighting brothers Chris Sorensen and Robin Sorensen, is a 870-unit fast casual restaurant chain. For more information, visit Firehousesubs.com.