Morning News-Lisa Lete
Representatives from the Department of Energy and Bingham County gathered outside the courthouse Tuesday to receive an armored Humvee, a gift to the county. From left are Bingham County Public Relations Officer Scott Reese; Commissioner Ladd Carter; Commissioner Mark Bair; Bingham County Deputy Jeff Gardner; DOE John Sewards; Commissioner Whitney Manwaring; Bingham County Sheriff Craig Rowland; and DOE representatives Kyle Jorgensen, Rick Provencher and Bob Boston.
Representatives of the U.S Department of Energy (DOE) delivered an armored, Humvee to the Bingham County Sheriff's Department Tuesday morning. The older but still usable Humvee, a tool for protecting law enforcement officers and security guards in dangerous situations, had been previously used by the Idaho National Laboratory's Protective Force.
According to Rick Provencher, manager of DOE's Idaho Operations Office, the High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicles (HMMWVs), commonly known as 'Humvees' were replaced at the INL recently by the newer-generation BearCat armored vehicles.
"The BearCat vehicles are more state-of-the art," Provencher said. "Providing the surplus equipment to adjacent county law enforcement does two things: it helps add to the INL's Security by spreading these capabilities to counties where our site is located and it assists the counties by giving them extra enforcement capabilities to 'protect and serve.' "
Bingham County Sheriff Craig Rowland was pleased to receive the Humvee, saying "This unique gift from the INL will enhance the overall safety for the citizens of Bingham County in several ways. We will use it or the Special Response Team and Search and Rescue to respond to manmade and natural disasters."
"We will also be able to use it for fun community events like parades," he added.
When the vehicle reaches the end of it its service life, the sheriff's office will transfer possession of it back to the federal government.