ARAB, Ala. (WHNT) -- Arab Police got through this week with the help of some rather large additions - and if they didn't have them, officers would have been stuck like the rest of us.
Wednesday when the snow started coming down, a formerly government-owned Humvee was how officers with the Arab Police Department got around. "If we hadn't of had these we would have been totally immobile," Assistant Chief Shane Washburn says, "There was no way for us to get out and about on the roadways."
Assistant Chief Washburn was one of the officers driving the multiple Humvees the department acquired several years ago. They only get used during winter weather or after severe weather, but when they are used, they are invaluable.
He says when the snow started they took to the more reliable means of transportation for the situation. "Our police cars are not four-wheel drive, they're just like any other vehicle, two-wheel, rear wheel drive and basically we would have been stuck," Assistant Chief Washburn says, "Stuck at the police department and things of that nature."
Through a program the government provided the vehicles to local law enforcement agencies -- and it's been a big help so far in the winter weather or after a tornado. The vehicles allow the officers to help where they're needed quicker and safer.
In addition, with the mountains surrounding Arab, the more help, the better.
The officers were able to help other responders in the area as well so anyone who needed assistance got it quickly, and just as important, the loud and large assets helped the officers to stay safe too.
The officers responded to nearly 50 calls of wrecks or stuck cars in the Humvees during the course of the snow event. They were also able to get down the mountains to help other departments as well.