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September 20, 2016 > San Leandro receives delivery of regional public safety rescue vehicle

San Leandro receives delivery of regional public safety rescue vehicle

Submitted By Teresa Meyer

The City of San Leandro announced that it has received delivery of a new armored medical rescue vehicle, sold under the model name BearCat MedEvac, from its manufacturer - the Lenco Corporation.

The BearCat MedEvac is a Bay Area regional asset and was acquired through collaborative efforts with the City of Fremont and the Alameda County Fire Department. Following extensive dialogue with the San Leandro community, in February 2015 the City Council agreed to accept a State grant award for the purchase of the vehicle. The State grant was awarded to the City of San Leandro and will be made available to the City and partnering agencies in the region during times of emergency. No financial contributions from the City of San LeandroÕs General Fund were used for the purchase of the vehicle.

ÒWe recognize that the CityÕs acquisition of the BearCat MedEvac was a matter deserving of extensive dialogue with the public,Ó stated Mayor CutterÉÒIn an ideal world this is a tool weÕd never have to utilize, but we must recognize its value in keeping our community and our first responders safe.Ó

ÒThese types of vehicles provide a critical resource for public safety personnel to effectively transport victims and first responders safely away from danger during times of emergency,Ó added San Leandro Police Chief Jeff Tudor.

Prior to accepting the vehicle, a policy was adopted that strictly governs the usage of the vehicle by public safety personnel.

The BearCat MedEvac is designed to provide transportation and rescue capability for Emergency Medical Services (EMS) and police personnel. The vehicle offers protection to EMS personnel during the evacuation of injured persons in active shooter and other highly-dangerous situations.Ê The vehicle also allows the Police to safely approach and rescue persons held hostage by, or persons that have barricaded themselves from, armed suspects.

The MedEvac also can be used during law enforcement actions to protect police officers performing their duties in high-danger situations, such as when serving arrest warrants and taking into custody persons known to be armed and dangerous. The vehicle is equipped with armor to protect occupants from ammunition fired by high-caliber weapons.

The MedEvac houses oxygen tanks and interior compartments for medical supplies and other gear to enable EMS personnel to start medical treatment of injured persons as soon as they are rescued. The vehicle is also equipped with a pressurized fire nozzle to assist and protect Fire Department personnel while putting out fires during highly dangerous situations involving gun fire. The vehicle contains no fixed weapons.

The MedEvac is not a surplus military vehicle. The San Leandro Police Department is one of the few law enforcement agencies in Alameda County that does not presently own an armored vehicle.

For more information, please contact Lieutenant Randy Brandt with the San Leandro Police Department, at (510) 577-3246 or

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