Dunn County Sheriff’s Patrol Deputy Josh Chadbourn has been working since 7:30 in the morning installing the department’s ‘Track N Go’ vehicle tracks.
“The initial setup of the vehicles is probably almost seven hours,” he said.
The sheriff’s department got them last year thanks to an oil impact grant.
But, last winter, they didn’t get the chance to see what they could do. So, the Christmas blizzard was the perfect storm to test them out.
“I’ve been through 15-20 foot snow drifts, no problem at all,” Officer Chadbourn said.
He says Dunn County is one the first to have this type of equipment; equipment he says could save lives.
“We saved two people,” Officer Chadbourn said. “Pulled two people out. They were stuck in a drift, shouldn’t have been out anyways, but we got them out. Then we worked all night Christmas and into Monday all the way through the blizzard. Thank god we had them.”
Thanks god is right because without the ‘Track N Go’ tracks, they probably couldn’t get to the two people who were stuck.
“We had other guys who were working that night. They called me up to get the tracks set up,” he said. “They couldn’t get to them with the pickup trucks. We came and got them with scales and got them out with tracks.”
He says the tracks are another tool in the tool box and believes every department should equipment like this because he says you can go just about anywhere with them
“I haven’t gotten stuck yet,” he said.
He says with 3-5 inches of snow expected to fall in Dunn county, the ‘Track N Go’ equipment will be ready to go