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Wood Co. Sheriff gets massive war vehicle

WOOD COUNTY, OH (Toledo News Now) -

The Wood County Sheriff's Special Response Team has received one of the safest vehicles in the world, and it came all the way from a war zone.

The sheriff says the M-RAP will help keep everyone safer, and they got it for free. M-RAP stands for Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected. It was built for war and served one tour in Afghanistan. It's the only M-RAP in northwest Ohio, and it can handle just about anything.

"Hostage situations or barricaded individual situations," said Assistant Commander Rod Smith of the Special Response Team.

The M-RAP can handle chemical attacks and, to a certain degree, nuclear attacks.

"The people inside would be safe for a small time," Smith said. "It wouldn't be for long, but it would give them some protection."

The Special Response Team plans to use the strength and protection of the M-RAP to keep others safe.

"If someone is injured … we'd be able to use this vehicle as a barrier between the place where the subject is," Smith said.

It will be used in Wood County and the surrounding area, but people might wonder – do we really need a war vehicle?

"Obviously we hope we never need it," Smith said. "We're going to, unfortunately, probably use it, but our hope is that we never have to use it for anything."

The M-RAP is on loan from the U.S. military for free. All decal work was paid for by money from the county's drug fund. Eight people can sit inside, but there's standing room for 12.

All that's left to do is train, and the massive vehicle will be ready to roll wherever danger lurks.

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