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KETCHUM -- The Ketchum-Sun Valley volunteer association rescue team has acquired an off-road vehicle and a special device for transporting patients to aid in backcountry rescues.

The Idaho Mountain Express reports that public donations allowed the team to get a 2008 Polaris Ranger worth $13,000.

The team also received a $3,500 device called a skid unit that allows a medic to sit next to a person being rescued.

The team also now has an advanced emergency locator called the Delorme tracking system.

Sun Valley Fire Department training officer Taan Robrahn says central Idaho has an active community, and the new equipment will help rescuers work more safely getting to people who end up in trouble and far from help.

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