The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office recently obtained, through Federal Surplus at no cost, a 1995 Freightliner Truck originally built for the US Navy and outfitted as a mobile dental office. The truck is 40 feet long, equipped with a 15KW generator, has only 7,500 miles, and is in great condition.
Over the past three months, Sheriff’s Office staff and inmate laborers have worked on getting the truck operational. The vehicle replaces two aging vans the Sheriff’s Office has used for the past 20 years. The multipurpose vehicle is equipped to respond to search and rescue missions, crime scenes, and any major incident or event in Lewis County.
Approximately $15,000 of grant and seizure funds have been used to outfit the vehicle. Additional grant funds in 2013 will be used to purchase other necessary equipment for the vehicle.
An open house invited locals to tour the new command vehicle, Tuesday in the Motor Pool parking lot in Chehalis.
Sheriff Mansfield said, “This mobile command vehicle fulfills a critical need that has existed for several years. We have been actively searching for options that we could afford and would meet our current and future needs. Our staff did an outstanding job in procuring, retrofitting, and converting this truck into an extremely functional mobile command and response vehicle.”