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Six CORE ATVs delivered to Oregon fire districts for disaster response

Office of Emergency Management
State Preparedness and Incident Response Equipment (SPIRE) Grant Program Coordinator Jim Jungling (right) inspects one of the new EarthCruiser all-terrain CORE Vehicles.

Six fire districts in Oregon now have specialized, all-terrain vehicles to assist with disaster response, namely tsunamis and earthquakes.

The Office of Emergency Management awarded the high-axle ATVs to Eugene-Springfield, Cannon Beach, Aurora, Evans Valley, Hoodland, and Warrenton fire districts or departments.

Made by Commander Off-Road Equipment (CORE) in Bend, the ATVs’ design allows them to navigate areas covered in floodwaters or toppled trees more efficiently than standard vehicles.

The ATVs were covered by the State Preparedness and Incident Response Equipment (SPIRE) grant. The Oregon legislature has funded $10 million for SPIRE for the current biennium (2022-2023).

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Brian Bull joined the KLCC News Team in June 2016. In his 25+ years as a public media journalist, he's worked at NPR, Twin Cities Public Television, South Dakota Public Broadcasting, Wisconsin Public Radio, and ideastream in Cleveland. His reporting has netted dozens of accolades, including four national Edward R. Murrow Awards (19 regional), the Ohio Associated Press' Best Reporter Award, Best Radio Reporter from the Native American Journalists Association, and the PRNDI/NEFE Award for Excellence in Consumer Finance Reporting.
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