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April 13, 2013

Essex County sheriff patrols with Humvee

LEWIS — The Essex County Sheriff’s Department’s all-terrain Humvee is ready to roll out to disasters and emergencies.

The Sheriff’s Department got the former combat vehicle, manufactured by AM General, from the federal Excess Military Program at no charge, Sheriff Richard Cutting said.

“Our deputies are out there in blizzards, flooding, hurricanes and ice storms,” he said. “This vehicle not only helps our residents but also gives deputies the added assurance of having a vehicle that will take them there and back in the best possible manner.”

LOCAL UPGRADES

The U.S. Army Humvee was picked up at Fort Drum, then went to the Champlain Valley Educational Services Technical Education Center in Mineville for servicing and body work.

Later, it was taken to the Essex County Highway Department in Lewis for installation of emergency lights and a paint job and decals.

Cutting said his department is one of the first agencies to respond during natural disasters.

“Having this Humvee will better enable us to travel in hazardous conditions to better serve our residents. This vehicle will allow us to get in and out of areas helping with evacuations when it’s necessary.”

The four-wheel-drive, high-clearance Humvee is well suited for high water or deep snow, the sheriff said.

The county’s Humvee has under 5,000 miles on it and is powered by a 6.2-liter V-8 diesel engine with an automatic transmission. The vehicle combines the features of a Jeep with those of a light truck.

DISASTER VEHICLE

After the flooding from Tropical Storm Irene in 2011, he said, the Sheriff’s Department realized something like a Humvee was needed for backcountry rescue efforts.

To be better prepared for future disasters, they utilized the services of the U.S. Defense Reutilization Office’s Excess Military Program to bring a surplus Humvee to Essex County.

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