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    Been around for a couple of years but new cycle open. From NVFC Eupdate. Polaris at the top rung of list of rugged/workhorse ATVs (vs a toy/golf course/recreational unit).

    USSTC Operation Ranger Opens Applications for 2006 Awards

    Applications for utility vehicles to assist first responders accepted until Jan. 6, 2006

    GREENWICH, Conn., Oct 19, 2005 -- U.S. Smokeless Tobacco Company (USSTC) is now accepting applications for versatile Polaris Ranger 6x6 utility vehicles to be awarded in 2006 through its Operation Ranger donation program to assist America's emergency first responders.

    The company provided some 70 Rangers to fire-rescue, police, emergency medical services, emergency management and wildlife law enforcement organizations in 2005 and has awarded nearly 200 off-road vehicles nationwide since late 2002. In response to Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, Operation Ranger provided 12 vehicles on an expedited basis to fire, emergency management and police organizations in Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Texas.

    Applications and supporting materials will be accepted until Jan. 6, 2006. While the final funding level has not yet been determined, the company hopes to award at least 60 vehicles throughout 2006.

    The rugged Polaris Ranger 6x6 utility vehicle is the most capable vehicle in its class. For 2006, the American-built vehicle will be fuel-injected and provide greater horsepower, torque and speed, as well as better suspension. The Ranger also can seat three on a bench seat, an advantage in many emergency situations. For more information on the vehicle's features visit http://ranger.polarisindustries.com/ranger and click on "Models" and then "6x6."

    Operation Ranger will review applications only from the following types of emergency organizations:

    Fire-Rescue - Volunteer and Career
    Police/Sheriff - Municipal/County/State
    EMS/Ambulance
    Search & Rescue
    Wildlife Conservation & Law Enforcement
    Park/Forest Ranger
    Emergency Management/Preparedness - Municipal/County/Regional
    Vehicles are awarded through a competitive application process. Award criteria can be easily deduced from the application form itself, which now can be downloaded from the "Corporate Giving" section of www.ussmokelesstobacco.com as a form that applicants may easily fill out on a computer

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    Fortunately for us, Polaris industries is in our county. They have been very generous to our areas emergency services and granted several Rangers to many of us.

    All I can say is if you don't have one, apply for the grant. The rangers are awesome and versitle.

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    Does anyone know, are there any matching funds to provide?

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    Default Polaris Ranger Application Form

    Applications are available either by visiting
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    or by calling (203) 622-3368. Further information can also be obtained by writing to the USSTC Trail Gator Program, 100 West Putnam Avenue, Greenwich, CT 06830.

    The process is highly competitive, so applications that provide relevant, to-the-point information fare better. Because the program is intended to help improve emergency response, the selection committee focuses on the life-saving, property protection and emergency personnel assistance roles that applicants describe. Photos, videotapes, letters of endorsement and response area maps help demonstrate need, as do descriptions of recent responses in which a Trail Gator would have improved your agency's capabilities.

    To be considered, your organization must be a governmental, volunteer or non-profit entity with appropriate tax-exempt and/or 503(c)(3) status under IRS regulations.

    Vehicles are awarded through a competitive application process overseen by a review committee. The person submitting the application must have the authorization of the organization for which the vehicle is sought. Award criteria can be easily deduced from the application form itself, which now can be downloaded from this site as a form that applicants may easily fill out on a computer. You may also request a paper form by calling 203-622-3368. The application is not lengthy or complicated, so complete answers, organization and neatness are appreciated.

    Applications that provide relevant, to-the-point information fare better. Because the program is intended to help improve emergency response, we focus on the life-saving, property protection and emergency personnel assistance roles that applicants describe. Fancy binders are not necessary. Photos, videotapes, CDs, DVDs, maps and letters of endorsement can be used to supplement the basic application. To ease our paperwork burden, please submit all your materials as a package, if at all possible. We cannot accept applications through e-mail.

    The review committee acknowledges the receipt of all applications by mail. Applications must be received by Jan. 6, 2006 for consideration in the 2006 award period. Late applications will be returned.

    Winning applicants will receive both a phone call and written correspondence. Organizations ultimately not selected are notified by mail. Delivery of the utility vehicle to successful applicants is made through the closest Polaris dealer, usually within four to six weeks.

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    Everyone should be aware that USSTC has already sent 12 Polaris Rangers to departments affected by Katrina in the Gulf States, so the total number of thses units to be awarded this year is down from 72 to 60. Competition here is "intense", to say the least. One of the things that many overlook in this grant's PG is that USSTC is one of the "only" grants that allows you to send a "video" with your application.

    Do not lose sight of this folks. A picture is worth a thousand words , so a 5-10 minute video ( preferrably transferred to DVD format) can be the equivalent of a 20K narrative.

    Get a local "media arts" department from your local community college to assign a couple of students and have them produce a 5-10 "documentary" for you as a "graded project".Have them highlighting your areas that the vehicle would be used in. Re-create scenarios that you have worked with in the last year or so. My one successful Polaris grant last year utilized this method and it is a "killer way" to get your point across and get that leg up on the competition.
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    Well that answers that question. I wondered how much a video would sway the balance. We had a wooded area that burnt approximately 20 sq miles and I had hoped to go out there and get some shots of what had burnt but now with the snow on the ground I don't think you would be able to tell.

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    not2la84u,

    Actually ity just might enhance your need, as these vehicles are really great for moving around in snow and ice!
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    KB - any chance of getting a copy of the video - or a small clip - ?

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    Tonya the video was proprietary and I don't own it so I am sorry I can't share it.
    Kurt Bradley
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    Kurt - thanks - TONY

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