The Wilton Woman’s Club donated $7,000 to the Town of Wilton’s Emergency Management Department earlier this fall, to complete the Town’s purchase of a Utility Task Vehicle (UTV), and trailer, for use by the Wilton Fire Department, Wilton Police Department, the Wilton Volunteer Ambulance Corps, and CERT (Community Emergency Response Team). The UTV has now arrived and is ready for use at the Fire Department.

The vehicle can be used at emergency incidents or crime scenes in areas that are difficult to access by car, such as the Norwalk River Valley Trail, large-scale town events with high attendance, and public gatherings, such as the Fourth of July. It will also be used to support the Dive/Water Rescue Team.

The total cost of the vehicle was $25,000, and CERT board member Patrick Russo submitted a donation request to the WWC for the final $7,000. Other town agencies also expressed interest in the vehicle’s usefulness for many different situations, and the Board of Selectmen formally approved the donation at their Sept. 19 meeting.

Deputy fire chief and emergency management director Mark Amatrudo said the vehicle was an important asset and that Wilton’s first responders were grateful for the WWC’s help.

“This donation, along with a number of other donations from organizations and generous individuals in the community, supplemented grant funds to allow this purchase to be made,” he noted.

WWC co-president Lorraine Winsor said that the Woman’s Club was thrilled to be able to help Wilton in this way.

“The WWC board voted unanimously to make this donation. We feel it will be of great benefit to the town, and will benefit the Norwalk River Valley Trail, which was the beneficiary of our Club’s 2016 Fashion Show Fundraiser in April,” she said.

Pictured above (L-R): From CERT–Patrick Russo, TG Rawlins and Jack Majesty; from WWC (standing on UTV)–Debbie Corrigan, Andrea Bates, Mariann Bigelow, BJ Bralower, Elizabeth Chambers and Dianne deWitt; (seated)–Lorraine Winsor, Tricia King and Jen Toll.