New Polaris Partnership Offers Free Grant Assistance for Emergency Response Vehicles

August 1, 2019 – is expanding its grant funding assistance program to include Polaris emergency response vehicles. Grant funding plays an integral role in equipping police, fire and EMS organizations, and the amount of grant dollars available has remained strong. Navigating the grant process, however, can be complex and confusing, and departments often fail to be awarded a grant.

Through this program, Polaris is helping public safety and emergency response departments receive free and unlimited assistance from industry professionals. These grant experts will guide each customer throughout the entire process from research and application to narrative review, ultimately helping to secure funding for the vehicles they need.

“By partnering with we’re helping our public safety and emergency response customers overcome the challenge of lack of resources in the vehicle purchasing process by providing grant assistance services,” said Sean Cheatham, vice president, Polaris Commercial, Government and Defense. “Additionally, we’ve created a dedicated line-up of solutions to meet the challenges of law enforcement, fire and rescue personnel with vehicles and equipment that help them do their jobs quicker and more effectively.”

First responders require extensive reach to be effective, and Polaris mobility solutions are tailored to meet the duties and responsibilities of law enforcement, fire and rescue personnel. Specialized RANGER, GEM, Taylor-Dunn Bigfoot, Pro XD and GENERAL vehicles allow these organizations to perform critical duties where other emergency response vehicles fall short. The equipment is professionally installed in a turn-key vehicle package with a full warranty from Polaris.

Polaris vehicles can help to improve response times and reach to locations – both urban and off-road, indoors and outside – where cars, trucks or vans cannot operate, including rugged terrain and narrow passageways like secluded lots and city events or inside buildings. These vehicles are also a budget-friendly alternative to full-size vehicles because they are less expensive to purchase, operate and maintain.

Polaris rescue units provide professional and capable vehicles with options for sirens, horns, a PA system,  emergency lighting and stokes basket configurations. Additionally, each of these vehicles maintain the option for the rear equipment skids to be removed for use by other departments or jobs. Polaris rescue vehicles incorporate a rear attendant seat and a stokes rescue basket. Rescue personnel can select between the full-length or break-apart basket for shorter overall length when not in use. Custom graphics can be added so vehicles match the rest of the fleet.

GEM is Polaris’ all-electric, street-legal police and emergency response vehicle. It is the first commercially produced, street-legal, low-speed vehicle in the U.S. With zero emissions and low operating costs, GEM provides a sustainable and economical option for departments. The fire and rescue GEM eLXD has a full stokes basket, attendant seat, oxygen bottle bracket, two IV bag clips, optional AED and medical bag storage.

Taylor-Dunn is Polaris’ all-electric solution for indoor and closed campus use with an ergonomic design, narrow width, and tight turning radius. The rescue Bigfoot options include non-marking tires, rescue skid, attendant seat, emergency lighting, AED and medical bag storage areas, and siren.

Agencies interested in obtaining grant assistance can visit and fill out a grant assistance form HERE.


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