The St. Lucie County Sheriff's Office has obtained a new Emergency Response Vehicle. It’s a 1999 Model M 113 – A2 Armored Personnel Carrier.
“We learned in the response to hurricanes over the past two years that there are times when we need access to low-lying, flooded or lightly wooded areas that are not accessible with other vehicles, even four-wheel-drive off-road vehicles,” said Sheriff Ken J. Mascara.
“With the acquisition of this Emergency Response Vehicle, we will be better able to protect the lives and property of the people of St. Lucie County. In addition, I’ve had discussions with County Fire Chief Jay Sizemore about outfitting the vehicle with special equipment to assist the fire department in off-road rescues and to bring injured people to safety. We did not obtain this vehicle for crowd control.”
The vehicle has been driven 630 miles over 71 hours of service. It is 16 feet long, 10 feet wide and eight feet tall. It weighs 13 tons. It is a tracked vehicle with rubber pads on its tracks. This will allow it to be driven on paved roads without damaging the roads. It is amphibious. Maximum speed is 40 miles per hour. It holds up to 13 people. It is equipped with lights and an infrared viewing device. It is powered by a 212-horsepower Detroit Diesel engine. It is armor-plated. It will withstand winds of up to 180 miles per hour.
The Sheriff's Office obtained it from U.S. Army surplus available to law enforcement agencies. It was obtained for a $2,000 fee to cover processing the paperwork and transferring the equipment to the St. Lucie County Sheriff's Office from the U.S. Army. The Sheriff's Office towed it on a trailer from an Aberdeen, Md., military test center.