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Release Number: 19-302
- For Immediate Release:
- Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office
- July 22, 2019
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HCSO Prepares for Hurricane Season
HCSO prepares for hurricane season with addition of F-150 pickups
To better equip deputies during the 2019 hurricane season, Sheriff Chad Chronister announced on Monday, July 22, that Ford F-150 pickup trucks will be added to each of the five Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office districts.
"Our deputies aren't able to just shelter in place when a major storm rolls through," said Sheriff Chronister. "Sometimes we have to go out into those dangerous conditions to rescue people in need of help, and that is where these F-150 pickup trucks come into play."
The pickup trucks are capable of plowing through high waters and going off road in areas where a normal patrol car cannot access. Deputies can use the back of the truck to haul storm supplies as well.
"This year, like every year, our deputies are trained to use chainsaws in case they need to cut down fallen trees to keep the roadways clear. With a large truck bed, deputies can easily haul that equipment," explained Sheriff Chronister.
The trucks are outfitted with the same features as a patrol car, including emergency lights, sirens, radios and a suspect transport area, making the trucks capable of being used as an everyday patrol vehicle.
Two of the five trucks were on display Monday morning at the HCSO Fleet Maintenance Garage in Tampa. Sheriff Chronister presented Deputy Eneida Rossi of District 3 and Deputy Matthew McMurphy of District 5 with the keys to the new trucks. Deputies who will drive the trucks were selected based on high performance.
The new pickup trucks will hit the road for daily patrol use immediately.