California county to buy $368,570 armored truck for WMD strike team

A new anti-terrorist strike team out of Marin County, California, secured $368,570 on Tuesday to buy an armored vehicle that will transport sheriff's deputies in case of a chemical, biological, explosive or nuclear incident.

At the urging of Sheriff Robert Doyle, the county's board of supervisors allocated the money in Homeland Security and other grant funds on Tuesday. The money will be used to purchase a steel-plated BearCat G3 rescue truck from Massachusetts defense contractor Lenco Armored Vehicles, the Marin Independent Journal reports.

The vehicle fits a 10 person tactical team and is able to withstand explosive blasts and .50-caliber gunfire. The BearCat will be the only unit of its kind in the region and will work with fire and hazardous material officials to provide terrorism response capabilities.

Lt. Barry Heying said that the vehicle is equipped with sensors to detect gases and radiation and will complement the work of hazardous materials officials.

"(The BearCat) can protect the responding personnel from a toxic environment, from the effects of an explosion or from gunfire," Doyle said, according to the Marin Independent Journal. "(The capability of my deputies would be) jeopardized by the current lack of an appropriate vehicle ... (in response) to any large incident."

Board supervisors endorsed the funding proposal on Tuesday without comment or discussion, the Marin Independent Journal reports.