Lorain, OH - Fighting the bad guys in Lorain County just got a bit safer for both the sheriff’s department and police department.
It’s all because of the Mine Resistant Ambush Protected or MRAP. It’s an armored vehicle once used by the military in Afghanistan.
Both department’s entered into a program with the military where they assessed the needs of the departments and handed them over free of charge.
The MRAP’s cost more $700,000. Now, there are two in Lorain County that will be used with the SWAT teams of both departments.
“For us to try and purchase this locally, none of us have the money to do that,” said Chief Deputy Dennis Cavanaugh of the Lorain County Sheriff’s Office.
“A lot of our houses or even the cities, if our guys are taking any kind of gunfire, it certainly allows some protection when getting up close,” Cavanaugh continued.
The vehicle weighs around 47,000 pounds and is bullet proof, the tires are bullet resistant, it can go through about five and a half feet of standing water and can hold about 10 swat members including the driver.
No word yet on the MRAP's will be ready to go and hit the road.