Timberstar Tractor Delivered the Mechron 2240 prize to Vernon Search and Rescue Group
Kioti Tractor, a division of Daedong-USA, Inc., just announced Vernon Search and Rescue as the winning organization of its First Responders ‘Shout Out’ video contest, which ended Dec. 1. For the contest, Kioti prompted first responder organizations to submit videos via Facebook for the chance to win a Mechron utility vehicle. Organizations were asked to create a video sharing who they are, their location, why they need a Mechron and how it would be used if they won.
Vernon Search and Rescue is a volunteer, nonprofit charitable Society, which has provided search and rescue services to North Okanagan, a region in British Columbia’s interior, since 1960. Vernon Search and Rescue specializes in searching for lost or missing persons, rescue operations, evidence searches, body recoveries and emergency evacuations. The four-wheel drive and 12-inch ground clearance features on the Mechron will assist the organization in navigating through the area’s rugged terrain.
“First responders sacrifice their safety to protect and serve their communities every day,” said Peter Dong-Kyun Kim, president and CEO of Daedong-USA, Inc. Kioti Tractor Division. “Kioti wanted to recognize and reward those tireless efforts in an exciting way and give something that would help them succeed. We feel honored to be able to contribute the Kioti Mechron to such a great organization, and we know that it will be put to good use in their rescue efforts.”
Jake and John Wiebe of Timberstar Tractor, the local authorized Kioti Tractor dealer, delivered the Mechron 2240 to Vernon Search and Rescue during the organization’s annual Christmas party earlier this month. “First responders are heroes and we were proud to present the Kioti Mechron 2240 to the Vernon Search and Rescue Team on behalf of Peter Kim and the entire Kioti family,” said Jake Wiebe, president of Timberstar Tractor. “While most of us are enjoying the comfort of home, these first responders are willing to go out in the treacherous terrain of the British Columbia mountains to track a lost hiker, a stranded biker or a snowmobiler who’s stuck, and bring them back home safely to their families.”
“Christmas came early thanks to Kioti Tractor and our local superheroes at Timberstar! Our members were completely taken by surprise with the dramatic reveal and delivery of our new Mechron that we won through the First Responders ‘Shout Out’ contest,” says Trevor Honigman, director of events and promotions, and public information officer at Vernon Search and Rescue. “Many thanks to all of those responsible from Kioti headquarters and our local Kioti dealership for making our Christmas party truly unforgettable!”
During the contest, the organization witnessed support from its entire city, region, province, nation and even from those abroad. The Vernon Search and Rescue team plans to use the Mechron for all search and rescue missions and is eager to use its strengths for their specific needs.
Honigman continues, “The Mechron is exactly what we need; it’s built strong and it’s durable, efficient and capable. We look forward to fully outfitting it and sharing it with all first responder groups. There’s no doubt we will have many future successes using it.”