The Marietta Fire Department will soon have a new tool for rescuing people from places where it’s hard to get a fire truck.

The Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation has offered to donate a Yanmar three-seat utility terrain vehicle to the department. The vehicle is valued at up to $20,988.

Commander Kevin Gerhard, who wrote the grant application for the vehicle, said the device will come in handy for crowded or isolated places.

“When we have events up on the Square, you know how crowded it is,” he said. “It presents a limited-access situation for our vehicles. This smaller vehicle can carry a patient on the back.”

Gerhard also said the new vehicle can be used to rescue people on Kennesaw Mountain.

The vehicle can hold a stretcher on its back, which is next to a rear-facing seat where a family member of the patient can ride. Gerhard said the vehicle also has storage for medical and rescue gear.

The city’s Public Safety Committee unanimously voted to accept the donation at Tuesday’s meeting, and the full council is expected to approve it next month.

In other committee news, the Judicial and Legislative Committee moved forward with plans to ban e-cigarettes in city parks and allow open containers of alcohol in areas around Marietta Square with certain restrictions. The earliest both items could become official is next month when the full council takes them up.


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