Military Surplus Humvees Donated To Jefferson County
The Jefferson County Sheriff's Department parking lot has a new addition and it kind of sticks out.
A military Humvee donated by Fort Drum joins the department's fleet.
"This is a vehicle that is armored and we can use that to get a little closer to the house or wherever we gotta get to," Sheriff John Burns said.
The Humvee designed for use warfare will now be used by the Sheriff's Emergency Response Team.
The Jefferson County Legislature accepted the donation of two Humvees at a meeting Tuesday night. They were donated through a Department of Defense program that gives away surplus items.
Legislators think the Humvees can be put to good use.
"This is the kind of vehicle that if there were some sort of an emergency, it'd be ideal to have on hand to respond," said County Administrator Bob Hagemann.
Burns did most of the legwork over the past two years in getting the Humvees.
Both are ready for action.
Burns says the department got their first Humvee through the program a few years ago, but it didn't live up to expectations.
Unlike the one they have now, it wasn't armored.
"It wouldn't take a shotgun blast," Burns said.
The other Humvee is unarmored and will be used at Watertown International Airport.
"I thought they could use that to move airplanes around, do perimeter checks," Burns said.
Burns expects his department's Humvee to be used three or four times a year in extreme situations and the other one will be stationed at the airport year-round.
Sunday, May 19, 2013, Watertown, NY
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