LA PLATA COUNTY, Colo. (CBS4) – The La Plata County Sheriff’s Office is showing off a new armored rescue vehicle they put in service last week.

According to Dan Bender with the sheriff’s office, the MaxProV (Maximum Protection Vehicle) was acquired last winter through the “Colorado Department of Defense Excess Property Program administered by Law Enforcement Support Office (LESO) and coordinated by Colorado State Patrol.”

(credit: La Plata County Sheriff’s Office)

(credit: La Plata County Sheriff’s Office)

“The program provides surplus equipment to law enforcement, fire, and EMS services, as well as other public safety entities,” Bender said in a statement. “Being able to deploy a protective armored vehicle to incidents that could present harmful threats to citizens and emergency response teams is nothing new for La Plata Sheriff’s Office.”

The department has had a surplus armored vehicle since the mid-1990s.

“After over 30 years of service, its replacement has been long overdue,” Bender said. “The Columbine High School incident and subsequent shooter related incidents across the country demonstrated how inadequate fire trucks and police cars are when trying to move innocents from a threat area,” Bender said.