EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) -- The Eau Claire Police Department has some new wheels they hope they never have to use.
The department was awarded an 8-year-old armored rescue vehicle by the U.S. Government.
Police say there have been numerous tragic incidents in our region where an armored rescue vehicle would help to stabilize a situation. The department says the vehicle is a resource that will provide safety to the city and officers.
“Primary benefit of this vehicle is its bullet resistant; it can be used to rescue a citizen that's injured or rescue an officer from an area that's unsafe during an incident that involves a firearm,” said Matt Rokus, Deputy Chief of Police.
The tactical response team will be the primary officers using the vehicle.