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New Marsh Buggies for Rescue Squad

Updated: 12/19/2013 10:39 PM
Created: 12/19/2013 4:38 PM WDIO.com

The St. Louis County Rescue Squad is proud and grateful to have two new pieces of equipment to use in their critical missions.

They're called marsh buggies, and are very versatile. "They can bring us places we haven't been able to go before, where we've had to wait for air support or go in on foot. They can float and go over water and marshy areas, and snowy areas as well," said Captain Tom Crossmon.

One of the buggies has been used about a dozen times already. Recently, it was called out to a snowmobiler who had gone through the ice.

Marsh buggies are very expensive. $120,000 new. But the squad was able to get two refurbished ones, thanks to corporate help.

Cliffs Natural Resources donated $58,000 to pay for one. And Minnesota Power donated one of their pieces of equipment.

St. Louis County Commissioner Keith Nelson called it a good partnership with good corporate citizens.

Since there are two buggies, one will be stationed in the northern half of the county, and the other will be down in the southern half.

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