Ocean Safety Bureau gets new ATVs

The county’s Ocean Safety Bureau lost little time dispatching two new All Terrain Vehicles it received from the Kauai Lifeguard Association last week.

Monty Downs, president of the KLA, said during a recent KLA board meeting that rust had claimed the lifeguards’ ATV fleet much quicker than anticipated, creating an emergency need for new vehicles.

“This need could not safely wait until the next county fiscal budget since ATVs, along with Jet Skis, play such a critical role in Kauai’s lifeguard program,” Downs said. “The vehicles enable the lifeguards to expand their coverage far beyond the towers’ positions.”

KLA jumped into action, donating two new four-wheel drive ATVs valued at $15,000 to the Kauai County Ocean Safety Bureau. That was possible because some community donors stepped up to make it happen, Downs said.

“Although the KLA comes out looking like major good guys in this, the truth is that it is our donors who are the good guys,” Downs said. “KLA is simply the nonprofit conduit which allows these kinds of life-saving donations to happen.”

The ATVs, which were delivered Tuesday, are already at their respective beaches.

“We are very thankful to the KLA for this fabulous donation and for providing another opportunity for the private and public sectors to work together towards making Kauai safer,” said Kalani Vierra, the Ocean Safety Bureau supervisor.

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