Coquitlam SAR members found a Christmas gift in our stocking this week with the arrival of our newest piece of equipment: A new Honda Pioneer 1000-5 Side-by-side UTV (Utility Task Vehicle).

The new UTV replaces Coquitlam 5, an Argo Avenger 8×8 first put into service in 2006. Coquitlam 5 served our team well, and was part of many SAR operations on Eagle Ridge, Burke Mountain, and the upper Pitt River valley.

Coquitlam 5: Our now retired Argo Avenger 8×8

The new Honda 1000-5 was chosen for it’s utility – the ability to comfortably seat 5, a sheltered cab, and equipment carrying capability. To the base unit we added the following:

  • Hybrid roof / door system (hard roof and doors, soft rear doors and roof)
  • Protection kit: skid plates, bush bumpers on front a rear
  • Camso tracks kit for snow travel
  • Heater and defroster for winter operations
  • Glass windsheild and wipers for foul weather operations
  • front and rear lighting for safety and remote operations,
  • a winch for recovery.

In addition the unit will be outfitted with a radio and will be used for remote communications relay.

Coquitlam SAR would like to thank the following groups for their help with this project

  • The BC Search and Rescue Association for their grant which partially funded the project
  • the City of Coquitlam for their assistance and continued support of Coquitlam SAR
  • Joyce Knight Memorial and the Knight family for fundraising specific to this project
  • Julian Knight who acted as project manager
  • Honda Centre Vancouver who assisted the team with the build and excellent service throughout

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