The Marshall Police Department recently added a Rescue vehicle to its fleet. The department acquired an MRAP (Mine-ResistantAmbush Protected) vehicle through the Law Enforcement Support Office, more commonly known as the 1033 program. The Law Enforcement Support Office permits the Secretary of Defense to transfer, without charge, excess U.S. Department ofDefense (DoD) personal property to state and local law enforcement agencies.
The MRAP, a fully armored all-terrain vehicle, will be used as a rescue vehicle during natural disasters. Marshall has seen several instances where our streets have flooded. This vehicle will allow officers to rescue anyone that has been trapped by high water. The rescue vehicle can also be utilized in the event of an active shooter situation or during SWAT situations.
Chief of Police Jesus “Eddie” Campa stated, “This MRAP, which in our case stands for Marshall Rescue and Protection vehicle, will allow us to better protect Marshall residents. This rescue vehicle will be able to reach places we have not been able to in the past due to rising water or trees blocking the roadway. I am happy we have acquired this vehicle, at no cost, and will be able to further protect our citizens.”