Custom-made Triton Trailer To House Emergency Response Vehicle

September 26, 2012

by Edith Tucker
The Berlin Reporter
(Front Page Article)

BERLIN — The White Mountains Ridge Runners have their new Emergency Response Vehicle (ERV) and they like it.

“It was a long 1,200-mile trip from Berlin to Hartford, Wisc., to pick up the White Mountain Ridge Runners’ new dual-axle trailer from Triton Trailers, but it was worth every minute once we arrived and saw our new trailer,” explained assistant trailmaster Larry Gomes in an e-mail exchange.

When Rochelle Priesgen, president of Triton Corporation, first heard about the Emergency Response Vehicle (ERV) project from local Triton dealer Randy Cicchetto of Jericho Motorsports, she asked how she could help.

After she was given a complete list of requirements, Priesgen met with Triton’s engineering team who came up with a comprehensive design for the new trailer.

“The result is a trailer that has an amazing list of features and capabilities,” Gomes said. Built of aluminum, the Triton trailer is light enough to be towed by almost any pickup truck. It not only houses and transports the ERV, but also can also serve as a mobile triage center.

If an accident results in multiple victims, the trailer will become a mini-emergency room complete with 12-volt lighting run by an on-board battery system and 110-volt lighting and outlets that can be run by a generator. The trailer has white washable walls and ceiling and is completely insulated so it can be heated with a propane heater in cold weather.

The trailer is also specially designed to accommodate the ERV when it is in its winter mode. With a full cab kit and tracks, the ERV stands 82” tall. “The trailer has a ‘beaver tail’ where the deck at the end of the trailer drops down a few inches giving the extra clearance needed for the ERV to enter the trailer,” Gomes explained.


White Mountain Ridge Runners’ assistant trailmaster Larry Gomes accepted title to the custom-made state-of-the-art Triton Trailer,
specifically designed to house the brand-new four-season Emergency Response Vehicle (ERV) from Triton Corp.’s
sales executive
Doreen Margelowsky, at the Hartford, Wisconsin based factory.


"Triton also volunteered to help fund the trailer. They teamed up with their regional representative Road King Distributors in Turner, Me., to provide the Club with a 50 percent discount on this one-of-a-kind trailer. “This represents a contribution of over $10,000 to the ERV project,” Gomes said.

“Our original budget was based on the purchase of a steel utility trailer that would retail for about $7,500,” he explained. “But after we received the ERV and started measuring it up, we realized the ERV would not fit into that style of trailer”.

“Then the local First Responders floated the idea of the trailer also serving as a triage center, so our thinking changed and we decided to look for a different type of trailer,” Gomes said. “Even after adding an additional $2,500 to our budget, we could not afford the type of trailer that we wanted and that is when Triton and Road King Distributors stepped up to provide the additional funding. We’re extremely grateful for their help, and I’m sure this trailer will play a large part in saving lives and minimizing trauma for many accident victims.”

Gomes explained that from the outset, the Club’s Emergency Response Vehicle project was ground-breaking. “No organization has ever put together a vehicle that can be used in all four seasons by multiple communities for remote rescues of snowmobilers, ATV riders, and hikers over a wide area,” Gomes continued. “This new trailer continues the concept of innovation by not only serving as a transportation platform, but also as a mobile medical platform that can be used in any type of weather.”

The trailer is now at Jericho Motorsports on Route 110 being outfitted for its new role with a goal of having it able to roll “Over $53,500 has been raised for project so far, which is $14,000 over our original target budget,” Gomes said.

“In addition to the very welcome but unexpected Triton trailer donation, Backwoods GPS Trails of Errol donated a brand new GPS, already programmed with all of the trails in Coös County. Operators can simply plug in the location where they need to go and this unit will talk them through to that location along the trails, just the way a GPS unit works in a car. It’s amazing!”

Several local EMS departments are picking through their inventory and plan to donate medical supplies, stretchers, and so forth to stock the trailer and the ERV. Everyone is very excited and momentum for the project is picking up.”

The first day of training in how to operate the new ERV was held on Aug. 25 with a total of 16 First Responders, including firefighters, EMS staff and groomer operators.

Retired Major Tim Acerno of the state Fish and Game Department, who is a certified instructor on ATV safety and protocol, taught the course.

“Many of the First Responders who turned out had never been on an ATV before, making this course extremely valuable for them,” Gomes said. “For the more experienced riders, it was a refresher course to reinforce their riding skills.”

This training was the first in a series of courses that will be used to train First Responders on the safe use of the new ERV and using the new Triton trailer.

“Two more training classes will be held on Sept. 22,” Gomes said. Courses are being planned and coordinated by Sgt. Wayne Saunders of the state Fish and Game Department.

Donors include: Arctic Cat, Inc.; Jericho Motorsports; Triton Trailers; Road King Distributors; Neil and Louise Tillotson Fund; White Mountain Ridge Runners Snowmobile Club; Androscoggin Valley ATV Club; Smith & Town Printers; AutoNorth Pre-Owned Superstore; Backwoods GPS Trails; N.H. Outdoor Council; TransCanada Corp.; Brookfield Renewable Power; Paul Ingersoll; Ray’s Electric; Towns of Milan and Shelburne; City of Berlin; and Coös County.


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