"In entirety we raised $28,000 roughly for this. We worked a couple of casinos in Lethbridge." Additional funding came from working rodeos, bartending at functions, Shell Waterton, Evcon Equipment and private donations. Tapay said Steve Oczkowski was the primary fundraiser for this endeavour.
"We call it engine 71. It's a Utility Task Vehicle (UTV) that has been outfitted for firefighting and rescue. It can sit two or three people in the cab, and has an area in the back where a person in a basket can be transported. The firefighting unit on the back holds 70 gallons and has a foam attachment. The unit was purchased approximately two years ago but it took another year to raise the funds to outfit it fully. According to Tapay the extra outfitting cost an additional $8,000. He said he he was appreciative of the people and organizations that supported the purchase and the volunteer staff who put so much effort making this a part of the their equipment.