Public safety and officer safety will always be a priority
for law enforcement. It’s a process that is ever changing as the criminal
element looks for ways to get the advantage.
“With the variety of incidents that have been coming up, the
more severe incidents that have been coming up with firearms and those kinds of
things, this is a protection vehicle that we can use to make sure that the
officers are safe,” said Paul Wilde, Bonneville County Sheriff.
This armored rescue vehicle is built with specialty
equipment that will make things safer for the bomb squad.
“It has an on air system which will allow our bomb
technicians to be inside, protected behind the armor, to be able to utilize the
on board air system instead of the air in their tanks until they get to the
area of operations where they would deploy and begin their work,” said John
Marley of the Idaho Falls Police Department.
This means no more long walks in the bomb suits which have a
combined weight of well over 100 lbs. In fact this vehicle might eliminate the
need for a person to even suit up in certain situations.
“It also has a mount on the front for a robot which will
allow them to have the capabilities of that remote access with any device for
any bomb squad call out with the robot that we can deploy from the vehicle,”
The unit has a price tag of $336,000. The money came from
Homeland Security and the benefits from this vehicle won’t just be felt in the
“We’ll combine our efforts with the Bannock County truck,”
said Sheriff Wilde. “We’ll make sure that if there’s an incident, they can use
these two together.”
The two vehicles are made by the same manufacturer and
officers from both areas will receive training together on how to get the most
out of them.