Miami has armored vehicle for high water, high winds, & active shooter incidents

Miami fire department armored vehicle
Miami Fire Department’s armored truck. From ABC 10 video.

The Miami Fire Department has acquired an armored truck that can be used for incidents involving high winds, high water, and active shooters. Since we are seeing more of these types of emergencies it might be very useful.

The video lays out the details, including the body armor labeled “FIRE”.

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Body armor for firefighters in the armored truck.Miami Fire Department’s armored truck. From ABC 10 video.
Miami fire department armored vehicle
Changing a tire appears to be complicated.Miami Fire Department’s armored truck. From ABC 10 video.

Author: Bill Gabbert

After working full time in wildland fire for 33 years, he continues to learn, and strives to be a Student of Fire. Google+

4 thoughts on “Miami has armored vehicle for high water, high winds, & active shooter incidents”

  1. Sadly fire fighters come under hostile gunfire on a more frequent basis than ever before. Even paramedics get shot at and threatened. Years ago in Oregon on a line crew, an armed marijuana patch guard approached our crew. He threatened us. He quickly lost courage when he realized he might get one or two, but would face a brutal and slow death from the remaining crew members.

  2. We had an event a few years back where a man locked himself inside his trailer, set it on fire and then proceeded to shoot at the firemen who arrived to extinguish the fire. SWAT team called in, who first set up a perimeter and then sent in a robotic camera. As the trailer burned down with the man still inside, they discovered he had placed drums of fuel at his front door and was ready to detonate them had anyone entered. An isolated incident, but indicative of what is possible.

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