Hurricane Irma: Martin, St. Lucie Authorities to use Armored Vehicles

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With Hurricane Irma threatening South Florida, Martin and St. Lucie County first-responders are preparing to use special vehicles that will make them more able to respond to emergencies during the storm.

The sheriff’s offices in these Treasure Coast counties will partner with Fire Rescue agencies to use armored military vehicles capable of withstanding hurricane force winds and navigating flooded roads. Martin County Sheriff William Snyder said that in the event Irma threatens the county, his agency will preposition three, heavy-duty, high-water vehicles — one in Jensen Beach, one in Indiantown and one in the southern part of the county.

Snyder said the agency will use a Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected military vehicle, also known as the MRAP, a Bearcat SWAT vehicle, and an Army truck. Fire Rescue paramedics will embed with sheriff’s deputies and respond to calls, if necessary. Read more

US Armored Vehicles Seen Pouring into Syria

WASHINGTON — Over the last week videos and pictures posted by Kurdish activists on social media show flatbed trucks delivering U.S.-made MRAP, M-ATVs, and up-armored bulldozers into Syria.

Military officials say these vehicles are not part of the U-S.-led coalition’s aid to Kurdish allies on the ground who are currently engaged in a tense street-by-street urban battle in Raqqa — ISIS’s self-proclaimed capital. Read more