REDDING, Calif. — The Redding Police Department yesterday announced the addition of a new armored rescue vehicle to the department’s fleet of official vehicles, saying, the new vehicle “is an extremely valuable addition” to their department.
The new armored rescue vehicle will be used during critical incidents, SWAT callouts, and other dangerous situations and will allow officers to enter active, highly-volatile, and dangerous crime scenes, RPD officials said of their new vehicle; adding, the new addition can be used to rescue injured officers or civilians.
Saying they were excited to announce the arrival of our new rescue vehicle, RPD explained, “The Lenco Bearcat Rescue Vehicle is an extremely valuable addition to our fleet, allowing us to travel into dangerous areas to rescue injured civilians and emergency personnel.”
Law enforcement agencies across the nation have been adding armored rescue vehicles to their fleets for years and there have been countless highly dangerous situations where the vehicles have been used to save both civilians and law enforcement officers.
One such incident occurred in Riverside County last November when two deputies who responded to reports of a hostage situation with a man threatening to kill his estranged wife came under heavy fire from the suspect.
Facing a hail of dozens of rounds fired by the suspect, the two deputies were left pinned behind their vehicles and unable to move to a safer location.
Deputies radioed an “11-99, Officer Needs Help” call, which was broadcast to all area law enforcement agencies. Their distress call brought law enforcement officials from a half-dozen nearby agencies rushing to the scene, with officials bringing three armored rescue vehicles with them.
Using the cover provided by one of the armored rescue vehicles, responding officers were able to help the trapped deputies “away from the suspect’s line of fire …and… from harm’s way,” Riverside County Sheriff’s officials later reported.
The man was eventually shot by responding officers and three children being held hostage inside the home where the incident occurred were safely rescued.
The department’s new vehicle was paid for by the Redding Tourism Marketing Group (RTMG) using proceeds from the Transit Occupancy Tax (TOT).
TOT tax is paid by visitors using our local hotels and motels, said officials; adding, “We sincerely appreciate RTMG investing in public safety for our community.”
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