Created: 07/10/2014 1:16 PM
By: Elizabeth Reed, KOB.com
The La Plata County Sheriff's Office placed a new armored vehicle into service last week.
The Maximum Protection Vehicle--also known as MaxProV--was donated to the sheriff's office last winter through the Colorado Department of Defense Excess Property Program. The program provides surplus equipment to law enforcement, fire and EMS services.
The vehicle can aid in the rescue of injured people in exposed threat areas, help with evacuations during severe weather events and provide safe movement of emergency personnel into or out of potential lethal threat areas.
"The Columbine High School incident and subsequent shooter related incidents across the country demonstrated how inadequate fire trucks and police cars are when trying to move innocents from a threat area," sheriff's office spokesman Dan Bender said in a statement. "They are not designed to stop bullets nor protect from explosions. Vehicles like the MaxProV provide that protection in critical incidents."
The vehicle is available to assist Four Corners law enforcement and fire rescue agencies when requested for mutual aid.
The sheriff's office has used a surplus armored vehicle to respond to emergencies throughout Southwest Colorado since the mid 1990s.