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Palm Beach Gardens buys 9-ton emergency vehicle (some interesting info about it below)
Palm Beach Post ^ | 8-22-12 | Bill DiPaolo

Posted on 08/24/2012 1:01:48 PM PDT by dynachrome

The 20-foot-long All-Hazard Special Response Vehicle, also known as the TK-4, was used by Gardens police on a trial basis for about three weeks in July. Several other South Florida communities considering buying a TK-4 also used the vehicle, said Chris Light, president of Armored Solutions Inc., the Pittsfield, Mass.-based company that manufactures the vehicles.

Up to 10 people can fit inside the vehicle. That will give Gardens flexibility in using the TK-4 to handle different emergencies from SWAT team emergencies to lifting fallen trees, Light said.

(Excerpt) Read more at palmbeachpost.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Government; News/Current Events; US: Florida
KEYWORDS: emergencyvehicle; florida; police; tk4
Pic at the site.

Some info from the manufacurer's site:

"TK-4 Features

•The TK-4 is custom manufactured in the USA at our facility in Western Massachusetts.

•The TK-4 roof hatch has armor piercing shield protection, and ASI’s exterior sniper gun port gives the team a clear view to any impending threat. A rotating turret has a 360° turning radius. The interior sniper step allows easy access to the roof.

•The TK-4 is standard with ASI’s "outrigger" extended running boards that allow the tactical team additional solid footing while riding on the exterior of the vehicle.

•An extended rear bumper and electric rear secondary step gives the team easy, quick exit through the rear deployment doors

•The TK-4 rear doors swing open easily for quick deployment and lock open at 90°s or 180°s. ASI’s gap shield protection is standard on rear doors for additional shield protection.

•Rear bench seating has under seat storage. The passenger seat is mounted on a swivel base for easy exit.

•All TK-4 front doors have the capability to lock open at a 90° angle as well as a 45° angle allowing the team shield coverage. ASI’s gap shield with armor piercing protection gives complete door coverage at all angles.

Some Additional STANDARD Features on the TK-4 •The TK-4 emergency package includes a 200 watt siren PA system, front and rear Wig-Wag and front and rear alternating red and blue strobe lights.

•Upgraded suspension and tires.

•An after-market AC with an additional condenser is installed. This in conjunction with the TK-4 Insulated walls and ceiling helps keep interior climate control stabilized.

•The TK-4 has 11 ASI machined exterior gun ports: 8 standard gun ports and 3 sniper gun ports with a 7” opening for sniper rifles.

•The TK-4 360° protection includes the engine compartment, fire wall and fuel tank."

1 posted on 08/24/2012 1:02:03 PM PDT by dynachrome
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To: dynachrome

TK-4 Manufacturer’s site:

http://www.armored-solutions.com/tactical-vehicle-tk4.asp


2 posted on 08/24/2012 1:03:29 PM PDT by dynachrome ("Our forefathers didn't bury their guns. They buried those that tried to take them.")
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To: dynachrome

Something every Podunk PD clearly needs...
3 posted on 08/24/2012 1:18:20 PM PDT by null and void (Day 1313 of our ObamaVacation from reality - Obama, a queer and present danger)
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To: dynachrome

Looks like a dozen or so law-enforcement agencies around the country are listed as customers.


4 posted on 08/24/2012 1:19:05 PM PDT by Charles Martel (Endeavor to persevere...)
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To: dynachrome

The article does not mention the cost.

However, costs does not really matter because:

“Forfeiture money was used to pay for the vehicle. The money is collected from the Law Enforcement Trust Fund, which disperses forfeiture money collected by state, local and federal law enforcement agencies.”


5 posted on 08/24/2012 1:21:58 PM PDT by ThirdMate
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To: dynachrome

Are they buying these for alcohol bootleggers?
Gun runners?
Numbers racketeers?

No. This is another extension of our misguided “War on (some) Drugs”. Another excuse to expand police powers and firepower.

Let’s end the modern police state and put cops back among the general citizenry, or as they like to call us, “civilians”.


6 posted on 08/24/2012 1:23:28 PM PDT by SJSAMPLE
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To: dynachrome

Could this be why one of the SCOTUS judges opened the door to discussing the right of individuals owning bazooka’s?


7 posted on 08/24/2012 1:24:14 PM PDT by Balding_Eagle (Liberals, at their core, are aggressive & dangerous to everyone around them,)
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To: null and void

They love this crap, it makes them feel like high-speed, low-drag “special operators”. All the cops in my little town are wearing black BDU pants even the tiny women.


8 posted on 08/24/2012 1:25:56 PM PDT by dljordan ("Tyranny, like Hell, is not easily conquered.")
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To: ThirdMate
The article does not mention the cost.

$175,000. It's in the first paragraph.

9 posted on 08/24/2012 1:29:55 PM PDT by Focault's Pendulum
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To: Balding_Eagle
Can you imagine what the “Splash” from an RPG would do to the inhabitants, too slab sided.
10 posted on 08/24/2012 1:31:35 PM PDT by Little Bill
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To: ThirdMate

Forfeiture.
Police inducement to violate civil rights and shoot the citizenry. We’ve placed the police in the dubious position of protecting us and preying upon us.


11 posted on 08/24/2012 1:34:06 PM PDT by SJSAMPLE
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To: dynachrome

...That will give Gardens flexibility in using the TK-4 to handle different emergencies from SWAT team emergencies to lifting fallen trees, Light said...

LOL Like the local PBG police are wandering around picking up fallen trees.
IMO, such local police aren’t local anymore - they look like booted paramilitaries.
Next they will claim they need modern M1A tanks to sweep the streets after an accident...


12 posted on 08/24/2012 1:35:34 PM PDT by bill1952 (Choice is an illusion created between those with power - and those without)
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To: Little Bill

Nice flat top too...


13 posted on 08/24/2012 1:37:46 PM PDT by null and void (Day 1313 of our ObamaVacation from reality - Obama, a queer and present danger)
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To: Little Bill
Can you imagine what the “Splash” from an RPG would do to the inhabitants, too slab sided.

Unless someone seriously steps on the brakes, we son't have to imagine, the picture will be 'slashed' all over the internet.

As in: "Family killed after trying to stop police raid'

14 posted on 08/24/2012 1:40:41 PM PDT by Balding_Eagle (Liberals, at their core, are aggressive & dangerous to everyone around them,)
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To: dynachrome

Why do they need it?
What purpose does it serve?
There’s no legitimate reason for any PD to have such an item.
/ just to borrow their arguments against our Constitutional rights.


15 posted on 08/24/2012 1:40:47 PM PDT by Darksheare (Try my coffee, first one's free.....)
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To: null and void
CLEARLY FLUFF IN THE PALM BEACH PD BUDGET...

HAS LIMBAUGH BEEN ACTING UP AGAIN????

16 posted on 08/24/2012 1:44:09 PM PDT by ptsal (E)
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To: null and void

Ever have to clean one out? Very messy.


17 posted on 08/24/2012 1:51:18 PM PDT by Little Bill
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To: Little Bill

No, thank God.


18 posted on 08/24/2012 1:58:32 PM PDT by null and void (Day 1313 of our ObamaVacation from reality - Obama, a queer and present danger)
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To: dynachrome

They didn’t build that.........


19 posted on 08/24/2012 1:59:16 PM PDT by ridesthemiles
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To: dynachrome

Every can has its opener.


20 posted on 08/24/2012 2:13:08 PM PDT by Noumenon (Obama 2012: Zimbabwe without the airfare)
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To: dynachrome

2nd Amendment response.

http://www.atlanticfirearms.com/storeproduct732.aspx


21 posted on 08/24/2012 2:14:36 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: dynachrome

How’s the maneuverability when it’s flipped upside down?


22 posted on 08/24/2012 2:36:40 PM PDT by sergeantdave
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To: null and void
That's ridiculous! Palm Beach Gardens???

This is an oasis of civility and neighborliness. Its a really nice place. This is the LAST PLACE that neeeds this thing.

Bizarre. Cops here are dieing of boredom.

23 posted on 08/24/2012 3:31:56 PM PDT by corkoman (Release the Palin!)
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To: corkoman

Totally agree! My neck of the woods. It’s the nicest(mild) place to live in Palm Beach County (other than Rush/TheDonald/Kennedy neighborhood).

Why they need this is going to be hilarious to watch. Maybe do a SWAT raid at the next PGA National Honda Classic??


24 posted on 08/24/2012 3:41:09 PM PDT by time4good
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To: time4good

Maybe these vehicles will be used to PREVENT less civil neighbors from paying a visit to this “safe” city.


25 posted on 08/24/2012 4:12:15 PM PDT by ruralvoter
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To: dynachrome

I know where I can get a used but in good condition airport fire truck, that is a behemoth high horsepower tanker with a remote fire hose cannon. With some modifications the tanker compartment can be converted to a personnel compartment.

Would be a great assault vehicle.


26 posted on 08/24/2012 4:23:28 PM PDT by Eye of Unk (OPSEC)
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To: Eye of Unk
a remote fire hose cannon.

Impressive non lethal crowd control....low cost ammo

27 posted on 08/24/2012 4:30:27 PM PDT by nascarnation
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To: Eye of Unk
a remote fire hose cannon.

Impressive non lethal crowd control....low cost ammo

28 posted on 08/24/2012 4:30:43 PM PDT by nascarnation
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To: Eye of Unk

Or maybe a Godzilla of a flamethrower!


29 posted on 08/24/2012 4:33:11 PM PDT by dynachrome ("Our forefathers didn't bury their guns. They buried those that tried to take them.")
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To: dynachrome

We have a local volunteer fire department just up the road from me here in rural Alaska, they bought one of these airport fire truck tankers, pretty darn big piece of equipment, legally you cannot drive it on the highway but it will haul ass, and yes it has a very powerful remote controlled water cannon for spraying water or foam.

Obviously alternative liquids can be used.

Myself I can make a miniature version to operate on my Silverado, sounds like an interesting off season project in the shop, design a shallow in bed tank or use a bladder, make a telescopic extending remotely controlled variable nozzle sprayer, have a high pressure pump and then experiment with certain materials.


30 posted on 08/24/2012 4:40:09 PM PDT by Eye of Unk (OPSEC)
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To: dynachrome

I forgot to finish the story, the fire department last I heard had it placed in storage and its up for sale. Being an expert fabricator and heavy equipment mechanic I can out do any assault vehicle.

You get enough mass from some sort of earthmover against that tin can its gonna pop like a can of baked beans dropped in a vat of boiling oil.

Its doesn’t even look as good as the one in the second Bruce Willis Diehard movie, and it was taken out by a MANPAD.


31 posted on 08/24/2012 4:45:07 PM PDT by Eye of Unk (OPSEC)
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To: ruralvoter
Grady Judd probably already has a beta version of the next generation model.

With the Feds getting out of line, I am reserving judgement on the issue of my locally elected Sheriff's heavy equipment arsenal...

32 posted on 08/24/2012 6:14:55 PM PDT by sarasmom
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To: Focault's Pendulum

Thanks, missed that. I should read more slowly.


33 posted on 08/24/2012 6:42:42 PM PDT by ThirdMate
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To: dynachrome
Like I'm sure it can stop one of these.


34 posted on 08/24/2012 6:54:25 PM PDT by VeniVidiVici (Congrats to Ted Kennedy! He's been sober for two years now!!)
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To: VeniVidiVici
•Has search lights

•Can withstand 50-caliber bullets

•Has 20-year life expectancy

in small print in the article

35 posted on 08/24/2012 7:18:49 PM PDT by dynachrome ("Our forefathers didn't bury their guns. They buried those that tried to take them.")
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To: dynachrome

I saw what it said and even though my picture was in jest they’ll have to show me a few videos to prove to me it can withstand a .50BMG.


36 posted on 08/24/2012 7:30:16 PM PDT by VeniVidiVici (Congrats to Ted Kennedy! He's been sober for two years now!!)
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To: VeniVidiVici

Might depend on the type of .50 cartridge. Soft point? Armor piercing? Depleted uranium?


37 posted on 08/24/2012 7:38:14 PM PDT by dynachrome ("Our forefathers didn't bury their guns. They buried those that tried to take them.")
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To: Noumenon
 
 
Yes, indeed. It is quite imperative that such a vehicle is able to remain mobile and maneuverable lest it suffer the same sort of fate that armored vehicles have met since the time of the Great War.
 
 

38 posted on 08/24/2012 9:01:54 PM PDT by lapsus calami (What's that stink? Code Pink ! ! And their buddy Murtha, too!)
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