Each year since 2003, the U.S. Smokeless Tobacco Company has been awarding rugged, off-road utility vehicles to emergency response agencies throughout the United States. To date, 330 of these vehicles have been awarded in all 50 states. The program exists both to recognize the service of the nation's emergency responders and to provide a versatile, practical vehicle that will enhance emergency response capability at the community level.
In 2006, the Douglas County Sheriff's Office filed an application for the 2007 Ranger Donation Program. In August of this year, the Sheriff's Office received notification that it had been selected to receive a Polaris Ranger 6 x 6 utility vehicle valued at approximately $12,000.00.
The utility vehicle will be used primarily for off road Search and Rescue Missions, Forest Patrol, Marijuana Eradication and some special events such as the annual Dune Fest in Winchester Bay, Oregon.
On Thursday, November 15th, at 1000 hours, a representative of the U.S. Smokeless Tobacco Company will be presenting the Ranger to the Sheriff's Office. The presentation will take place at Absolute Motosport, 729 SE Stephens Street, Roseburg, Oregon.