Polaris Industries Inc., a Minneapolis-based manufacturer of off-road vehicles, announced on September 16 the donation of four utility off-road vehicles to The Salvation Army. The donation includes a combination of RANGER, HIPPO, Polaris BRUTUS and Polaris M1400 vehicles, a variety of front attachments, and a set of TERRAINARMOR Non-Pneumatic Tires (NPT) to enhance The Salvation Army’s ability to assist in natural disaster cleanup in severe conditions.
“Following earlier donations to The Salvation Army, we’ve learned more about their mission/ charter,” said Tate Johnson, director of work vehicles at Polais. “We have gained an appreciation for the impact Polaris vehicles and work technologies can have in helping The Salvation Army provide food, water and support to those in need. The Salvation Army has indicated that our NPTs and off-road vehicles have enabled their personnel to service disaster victims they would not otherwise have reached. We are hopeful that today’s donation of vehicles will better position the Salvation Army to help get people’s lives back together after disaster.”
The Commercial BRUTUS units are equipped with varying attachments, including a bucket, grapple and pallet fork, which allows the vehicles to be used for multiple purposes. BRUTUS’ Pro-Tach system makes it quick and easy to change attachments, allowing the vehicle to complete multiple tasks (mow, sweep, scoop, blow, lift); minimize downtime; and reduce the amount of vehicles needed on site. One BRUTUS also is equipped with TERRAINARMOR NPT tires, which are built to never go flat and are virtually indestructible.
The Military RANGER HIPPO has an integrated Power system that is driven by the vehicle’s diesel engine. This allows the vehicle to travel to sites with no available power sources and run a variety of hydraulic, pneumatic, electric and welding equipment, eliminating the need for generators and other bulky equipment usually needed for these jobs.
The Polaris M1400 unit is a 2×4 gas-powered, commercial utility vehicle, capable of hauling 1,400 pounds and towing 1,500 pounds. The vehicle delivers more power and payload on its integrated metal bed than other vehicles in its class, delivering maximum efficiency.
“This year marked the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, one of The Salvation Army’s largest disaster relief responses,” said Colonel Robert Thomson, Salvation Army Commander in Minnesota and North Dakota. “Our challenge is to go where we are needed most – wherever there is suffering and crisis. Having these vehicles from Polaris puts us in a position to take on that challenge. We train volunteers year round and that has been our mantra – be prepared for anything. Thanks to Polaris, we are one step closer to handling anything that nature throws at us.”
The donated vehicles will be put to immediate use as they were shipped directly from Polaris to Philadelphia to distribute meals to the volunteers in support of the Pope’s visit.
The Salvation Army is an international organization represented in 126 countries. Its largest outreach is in the United States, serving nearly 30 million people each year. One of its most public services is to survivors of disaster and has become well known for being one of the first agencies to arrive and last to leave at the scene of devastation. The mission to love those in the name of Christ and serve those suffering at times of crisis has placed The Salvation Army in some of the most challenged communities in the world to offer hope and care to those with no place else to turn. Learn more at SalvationArmyNorth.org.