Sheriff Bill Pribil with CCSO SAR’s new PistenBully snowcat

Today the Coconino County Board of Supervisors and the Coconino County Sheriff’s Office recognized the community service of Search and Rescue (SAR) during the presentation of a new snowcat / all-terrain transport vehicle for the Sheriff’s Office.

The new snowcat will provide Sheriff’s Office SAR with a reliable vehicle to respond to a variety of snow and all-terrain emergencies. It is a multi-functional all-terrain vehicle that can be used on mud, snow or ice. The new PistenBully Scout from Kassbohrer All-Terrain Vehicles, Inc. was purchased for $180,150. The current snowcat is a 1984 DeLorean Snowcat which is over 30 years old and has reached the limits of its serviceability, often being out of service because parts are unavailable.

“It was in the best interest of public safety, health, and welfare to obtain a new snowcat to address potential snow and mud related emergencies. The time to act is before the storm, and we feel this piece of equipment is a substantial asset to responding to these kinds of events throughout Northern Arizona,” said Sheriff Bill Pribil. “We greatly appreciate the generosity of the County Manager’s Office and Board of Supervisors in supporting the funding of this important piece of public safety equipment.”

Coconino County Public Works Fleet Management also assisted by researching equipment on the market and identifying a replacement snowcat that would best serve community given the weather and terrain conditions in Coconino County.

“This was an excellent example of county departments collaborating to find the best solution for the public safety needs of our community,” Pribil said.

The PistenBully Scout is powered by a John Deere diesel engine meeting the most current Tier 4 emission standards established by the EPA, which means less noise and less fuel consumption. While most machines are single-seated ski resort groomers and some are multi-passenger machines, the Scout has seating for an operator, front seat passenger, and 8-12 passengers. It also can be configured to carry approximately 9 passengers and a litter carrier for injured persons.

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