A brand new piece of equipment is being ushered into the fleet for the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office.
Thanks to a donation through a military surplus program, when dangerous situations arise, officers will be safely transported. They’ve received a MRAP, basically a super armored car capable of taking ESU or the county’s version of a SWAT team into a dangerous situation.
WOWT 6 News was able to shoot video Friday afternoon of the new piece of equipment, estimated at a price tag of $600,000 new. It weighs 50,000 and is capable of transporting a dozen team members and most importantly according to Chief Deputy Tom Wheeler, all weapons have been stripped off of the vehicle. So when would you or I, if at all, see this in action? Only in very serious cases Wheeler explains.
"This is a rescue vehicle it is not an assault vehicle, it is not equipped with military weapons, its sole purpose is to safely get our deputies to a dangerous situation and get them out of a dangerous situation,” Wheeler said.