A Minnesota-based snowmobile company has made a big donation to the Salvation Army.
Polaris Industries, whose headquarters are located in Medina, is well-known around these parts for their off-road vehicles like ATVs, snowmobiles and motorcycles.
But what you may not know, is that some of Polaris' machines can also help communities all over the country that have been affected by natural and man-made disasters.
Polaris has donated 53 vehicles to the Salvation Army
The vehicles are used to aid emergency disaster response efforts all over the country.
According to a news release from the Salvation Army, the partnership began in 2011, when Polaris donated 19 all-terrain vehicles to conduct ATV safety courses at Northwoods Camp in Finlayson, Minnesota.
With Polaris' most recent contribution, the Salvation Army now has a 53-vehicle fleet in locations across the U.S.
"We're proud to assist The Salvation Army in helping survivors as well as other first responders in the aftermath of a disaster," Stacy Bogart, president of the Polaris Foundation, said in the release.
The fleet is worth $1.36 million
The vehicles that were donated include four types of vehicles: the HIPPO, RANGER, GEM and BRUTUS. Each vehicle has a special utility, the Salvation Army said.
For example, the HIPPO has an integrated power system driven by the vehicle's diesel engine. It can be used to provide cellular signals or power a canteen at sites with no available power connection.
The RANGER can transport food, and the BRUTUS can connect to the Jaws of Life.
Fourteen of the vehicles were donated to the Salvation Army's Central Territory, which is made up of nine Midwestern states, including Minnesota.
In addition to the donations, the Salvation Army said Polaris provided training to staff and volunteers on the best ways to use the specialized vehicles.