WENATCHEE — Chelan County Regional SWAT Team has a new vehicle, and it’s big — very big — and heavily armored.
The U.S. Army surplus vehicle, weighing 37,000 pounds, was awarded to the county, said Chelan County Sheriff Brian Burnett. The vehicle is a 2008 International Maxxpro Mine Resistant Ambush Protected vehicle.
“We will be able to get into places with that we couldn’t with our regular four-wheel-drive rigs,” said Mike Harris, chief of patrol. “With the recent flood damage in the Tarpiscan, our rigs couldn’t get out there, and this rig would have been able to get to those people.”
Burnett said the vehicle cost the Army $658,000 but there was no cost to acquire it for Chelan County.
The rig has 9,450 miles on it, much lower than vehicles currently available to the SWAT team. It also is more heavily armored, Harris said.
The SWAT team, which stands for special weapons and tactics, handles high-risk incidents that fall outside of the capabilities of regular officers.
— Dee Riggs, World staff