The North Augusta Department of Public Safety unveiled its new Armored Rescue Vehicle Monday. The new equipment is valued at $658,000. The unveiling took place at 1:00 pm in front of North Augusta's Public Safety Headquarters on East Buena Vista Avenue.
The following is an edited version of a press release from the North Augusta Department of Public Safety.
NADPS Acquires MRAP
Last week, the City of North Augusta's Department of Public Safety acquired a Navistar Defense's 2008 Mine Resistant Ambush Protected, aka: MRAP vehicle that incorporates the latest designs in armor technology. This new piece of equipment, valued at $658,000 will be referred to by Public Safety as an Armored Rescue Vehicle (ARV). It was made available to Public Safety along with many other types of useful equipment through a membership to the Law Enforcement Support Office (LESO) also known as the 1033 Program, which is connected to the United States Defense Logistics Agency, formerly known as DRMS, or the Defense Reutilization and Marketing Services. Public Safety is not alone in the acquisitioning of this type equipment, 55 MRAP vehicles were distributed across the country with 8 of those allocated to South Carolina.
Since joining the group back in the late 90's, Public Safety has obtained nearly $1,000,000 in crucial law enforcement equipment and property from the US Department of Defense. Annual LESO membership dues are set at $1,000 and are, paid for through Public Safety's confiscated illegal narcotic drug fund, not taxpayer monies.
Since August 2009 Americans have experienced over 15 public shooting incidents where at least a half-dozen people were killed in each event. Each city believed it would never happen to them.
Earlier this year during the days of extreme rain, the ARV would have proved itself useful by being ready to drive in flooded streets and transport medical personnel to local hospitals. The ARV has the ability to easily navigate through moving water of over three feet deep.
Public Safety formed a SWAT Team four years ago to be better prepared in the event that such a catastrophic event were to ever happen here. According to John Thomas, Director of Public Safety, "When it comes to protecting the lives of my people and the citizens of our community or to have the ability to transport rescue personnel, for example, through flooded streets during extreme weather, I look at the ARV like having 4-wheel drive; it's better to have it and not need it than to need it and not have it."
It is the goal of Public Safety to familiarize themselves with the ARV's onboard equipment and to become well trained in its diverse capabilities before activating it for official duty. At that point, the ARV will be used for incidents of serious danger to the public, to remove victims from harm's way or to protect officers during high-risk events where a shooting has occurred or there is high probability that a shooting will occur.
Listed below are some of the more expensive pieces of equipment Public Safety has obtained since becoming a member of DLA:
52 M-16 Rifles,
45 Aim Point Weapon Sights,
7 Chain Saws,
300 Rifle Magazines,
2 "Jaws of Life" Tools,
100 Sure Fire Weapon Mounted Flashlights,
25 Firefighting Jackets,
30 Firefighting Pants, and
Various Tools and First-Aid kits.
Our Dee Griffin will have more on North Augusta's new tool during our Monday evening newscasts.
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