All-terrain vehicle takes a lap through nature's obstacles in Wareham

By Lydia Goerner | Jan 22, 2018
Photo by: Lydia Goerner Assistant Harbormaster Jamie McIntosh, left, takes a turn in the SHERP.

It handles ice, frigid water, woods, rocky terrain and swamps with ease, and it was put through its paces on Monday in an icy Wareham pond and wooded area.

There are only around 400 of these all-terrain vehicles, called SHERPs, in the world, and 20 in the United States. They were developed in the Ukraine and launched in 2015. The makers of the SHERP are traveling around the country demonstrating what the vehicle can do, finding dealers and considering starting a SHERP factory in the country.

The SHERP is made to work in the most extreme conditions and to transfer seamlessly from one terrain to another, something Alex Rudoi, who works at SHERP, said makes it stand out. He said the SHERP has no competition with other all-terrain vehicles.

Its maximum speed is 28 mph. Every part of the vehicle’s design was made to make it able to handle severe terrain, Rudoi said.

“It’s made to go anywhere,” Rudoi said. “It can get to places no one else can.”

Wareham first responders got in the SHERP for a ride on Monday at the dirt bike track in East Wareham. The 3,000-pound vehicle smoothly traveled through water with its floating wheels, up onto ice and then through the woods.

“We don’t need trails,” Rudoi said. “We make our own.”

Wareham Harbormaster Garry Buckminster, who watched the demonstration, said he’s never seen anything like the SHERP, but at $120,000 he doesn’t think Wareham will invest in one.

“It’s a well-thought out machine,” Buckminster said, but he doesn’t think it’s necessary for what emergency responders in Wareham deal with on a daily basis.

The SHERP cuts through the icy water with ease. (Photo by: Lydia Goerner)
The ice is no match for the vehicle. (Photo by: Lydia Goerner)
A view from inside the SHERP. (Photo by: Lydia Goerner)
Acting Fire Chief Pat Haskell gets ready to see what the SHERP can do. (Photo by: Lydia Goerner)
Comments (6)
Posted by: cranky pants | Jan 22, 2018 17:30

These machines are awesome ! I've been following the builders for a few years. These are reasonable in price too. ( comparative to building a vehicle and outfitting it to be nearly as capable )

I've also seen the price basically double since the initial launch, but then again there is a such thing as supply and demand. These guys were on television with the Diesel Brothers a few months back... They purchased and re-outfitted a SHERP for a search and rescue vehicle for fire and rescue.

Posted by: totellthetruth | Jan 22, 2018 19:56

I just heard there's going to be an Article at the Spring Town Meeting for $200,000 to buy one of these for Ems services. $120.000 for the vehicle and $80,000 for  the Study

Posted by: cranky pants | Jan 22, 2018 20:09

Actually, the more I think about it the diesel brothers didn't modify the Sherp, they ended up modding a Bandvagon designed by Hägglund.

Posted by: Spherebreaker | Jan 22, 2018 20:27

If we didnt have 2 districts and all the duplication the Wareham public safety office could have 1 of these and a lot of other things. I do see some instances that this could be useful in a rescue situation. Instead we are paying for excessive management, buildings and duplicated equipment.

Posted by: Wareham By The Sea | Jan 22, 2018 20:38

Wicked cool!  I really hope they notified the Conservation Commission and made arrangements to replicate the destroyed habitat.  The flora and fauna destroyed and displaced when churning through the water seems excessive.

Posted by: barnstorm | Jan 28, 2018 16:18

Too big...too expensive.....smaller versions are available at less than $20K  that can handle the same work. We don't need to waste $80 thousand on a study. Use common sense and vote NO!!

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