MRAP is used in combat zones by military personnel. The Toledo Police Department wants to use it to provide care in mass shootings and deadlock situations.
TOLEDO, Ohio – A proposal submitted to Toledo City Council would reuse a military tactical vehicle for the streets of Toledo.
Toledo Police Chief George Kral wants to convert a large armored military vehicle designed to survive mines and ambushes into a vehicle used in clashes or mass shootings.
“We are not using this MRAP as a SWAT truck or a raid cart. It is a rescue vehicle,” Kral said.
He says that through a partnership with Mercy Health, it would be staffed with doctors and nurses and would function almost like a mini field hospital to treat any potential injuries.
They are already undergoing specialized training to learn how to treat the wounded in the field.
Dr Nick Sauber, the local EMS director who works in emergency medicine, says it could give them crucial minutes to save lives.
“From the moment a person is injured until the moment we need to seek medical attention, it is that crucial moment where we have injuries from seconds to minutes to stop the bleeding, to open the airways,” he said. Sauber said.
Kral says this vehicle would be used infrequently.
Police historian Michael Stauch believes that allowing these types of vehicles is taking Toledo down a slippery slope.
“Imagine what this equipment looks like on the streets, right, and the way it kind of transforms and imagine what the police seem to be for the community,” Stauch said.
A number of council people expressed the same concern on Tuesday. But others supported the proposal, given that the vehicle would be loaned to TPD free of charge and would only be used in an emergency.
“This thing is going to stay put 99.9% of the time. It will only be used in high risk raids, it will not be on patrol,” Kral said.
Kral highlighted the death in the line of duty of Toledo policeman Brandon Stalker.
He said that after Stalker was shot, the police loaded him into a police car and drove him to hospital. Kral says the MRAP unit would have enabled Stalker to receive life-saving care on the spot.