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GLENN COUNTY, Calif. - Volunteers from the Glenn County Search and Rescue team are showing off their new wheels.
"Before it was pretty much privately owned stuff," said Sheriff Richard Warren of Glenn County. "We’ve actually never had any equipment."
Warren says these new tools make a big difference when rescuing people from the snow.
"We’ve had a couple of rescues already that we would have already been struggling through," Warren said.
One of the newest vehicles for the public safety agency is a UTV, otherwise known as a utility vehicle.
It’s very easy to drive. Volunteers say the tracks underneath the vehicle provide great traction to go deeper in the snow.
Volunteer, Ben Titus, has been with the team for more than a decade. He knows firsthand how people can get stuck in western Glenn County.
"A lot of the people go up there because their GPS says they can get over the mountain,” Titus said. “It says down in the bottom that it's not a maintained road but they still proceed to go up there."
Despite the tough task, Titus says since he has joined - everyone has been saved. "It’s been perfect," Titus said.
As long as people are getting stuck, crew members will be there to lend a helping hand.
"We hope we don't have to do that but I’m confident that we have the team. We have the people that can get things accomplished up there," Warren said.
So how did the volunteer department pay for these vehicles? The volunteer department used some of the money left over by Title 3 from the Department of Agriculture to pay for all the equipment. For more information on Title 3, CLICK HERE.
The rescue team has at least 30 volunteers.