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Ride of the Week: 2008 Ford F550 with a rollback carrying an LMC 1500 snowcat

Emma Garrard

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How long have you had the truck? We just purchased it to haul the snowcat exclusively through donations and fundraisers.

What were you using before?

It replaced a trailer. Volunteers had to use their own vehicles to tow it. This is a lot safer and it makes it more accessible because only certain people on the team had trucks big enough to tow it.

How do you fund TNSAR?

It’s 100 percent nonprofit volunteer organization and we rely on donations. It’s not to be confused with Placer County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue. You can donate on our Web site at http://www.tahoenordicsar.com.

How often do you use the snowcat?

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It’s dispatched to any search along with skiers and snow mobiles.

What do you primarily use it for?

It’s used to transport our skiers and transport lost people. It gets them out of the cold and in a warm environment and it’s big enough we can do medical aid.

Do you have any other snowcats?

No, but we have numerous members who have their own personal snowcat. We acquired this one because those owners weren’t always available.

Where did you get the snowcat?

It was donated by Placer County Water Agency.

How long have you owned it?

About three years.

How many searches did you do last year?

We had 11 winter searches.

How many involved the snowcat?

It went on five searches.

In what type of snow conditions can you use the snowcat?

It goes well in all snow conditions, it’s lightweight and the tracks provide a larger surface area.

What is its top speed?

Twelve to 15 mph.

How may people become a part of TNSAR?

We have a meeting this Monday Oct. 6 at 6 p.m. at Granlibakken. New or interested members are welcome.

What requirements do you need to help out with TNSAR?

The big thing is you don’t have to be a skier to be involved. We have 100 members and about 30 are skiers, 10 are snow mobilers, six are snowcat operators and the rest do support roles like organize fundraising activities.

We encourage all members to go to monthly training. The big thing is you need your disaster service worker card through the California Office of Emergency Services.

” The Sun’s Emma Garrard conducted this week’s Ride of the Week interview and photo shoot. Send suggestions for future interviews to egarrard@sierrasun.com.