Bombs away: County accepts free bomb truck

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By Roger Snodgrass

It’s one thing not to look a gift horse in the mouth, but what about a free bomb truck? The Los Alamos County Council could not resist the temptation Tuesday night.A few minutes into the meeting, Councilor Fran Berting asked that the item be removed from the consent agenda for a full discussion of the matter, and a full discussion it was.Los Alamos Police Chief Wayne Torpy said he was always in the position of coming before the council to ask for something the department hoped would never be needed.“As with the gun I’ve carried in this holster on my hip for 30 years,” he said, “you don’t want to go home and get it when you need it.” The Bomb Response Vehicle will cost $203,150, and it won’t cost the county anything but future maintenance, Torpy said.  The funds for purchase came as a state grant from the Department of Homeland Security in 2004. The police chief added that the project had been delayed for a couple of years because of reorganization at the state level that eventually created a state Department of Homeland Security.During an extensive discussion with the councilors, Torpy ran into a hail of questions from the four councilors present.

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