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An M973A1 Small Unit Support Vehicle, or SUSV, clad in emergency lights and digital camouflage, claws its way through the snow at Taylor Park Reservoir near Gunnison, Colo., March 15, 2010. The SUSV, which is capable of traversing almost any terrain, is the primary vehicle used by the Colorado Army National Guard’s Snow Response Teams. Environmentally responsible, it has a turbo engine so the fuel burns more efficiently, and the weight is minimal – about two pounds per square inch. This relatively unknown asset can be used by the SRT to assist state and local rescue teams during nearly every type of disaster, state emergency, or search and rescue.  (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Spc. Joseph K. VonNida)

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Colorado National Guard: Maj. Darin Overstreet,,
720-250-1053, @CONG1860

CENTENNIAL, Colo. – Under a verbal executive order from Gov. John Hickenlooper, the Colorado National Guard will support several local agencies, with three snow response teams, in response to a spring blizzard May 18, 2017.

Each snow response team consists of eight crewmembers and two small unit support vehicles.  The SRTs have been dispatched to Douglas, Larimer and Weld counties.

 "The Colorado National Guard is eager to help support our communities," The Adjutant General of Colorado U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. Michael A. Loh said. "We've planned and trained for this kind of mission so that we're always ready to assist our community when called on by civil authorities."

The Snow Response Teams were developed in 1998 in response to Colorado blizzards, as a quick response capability to get much-needed help to local communities. Equipped with the M973A1 Small Unit Support Vehicles, similar to a snow cat, it is fully tracked and designed to haul both cargo and passengers, the SRTs are able to traverse nearly any terrain, including water. The SUSV has a front and rear cab that can comfortably seat 11 passengers, in addition to three crew members. Its all-rubber tracks enable the SRT to support civil authorities during emergency relief efforts during floods, fires, blizzards, tornadoes and a variety of other disasters, both natural and manmade. The SUSV is diesel engine-driven, so it has normal emissions.


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