In March, a custom-built Ford F-550 Super Duty pickup was making its rounds as a display vehicle in Texas. The last place is it was seen as “just” a show truck was in Houston during a rodeo. A week later, multiple tornadoes devastated parts of the Dallas/Ft. Worth area, and firefighters didn’t know where to turn to for the extra super duty help they needed.
When the tornadoes materialized, the Granbury fire department informed the VP of NewScope Marketing, the company who designed the after market truck, that Arlington’s fire department was looking for outside help. Along with an employee, VP Brad Snyder, with no first-responder experience, drove the truck to the Green Oaks Nursing Home and Rehabilitation Center, which had sustained significant damage. He then followed firefighters to Arlington’s hardest-hit neighborhoods to help with search and rescue.
Powered by a diesel engine, the 37,000-pound truck features two thermal-imaging cameras, Doppler radar and a generator strong enough to power a small house, which can be used while the truck is in motion, Mr. Snyder said. You can see why the vehicle was of such use during the emergency.
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