F-550 Bomb Truck Rolls Out to Serve & Protect in Florida

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Fort Lauderdale is safer with Broward County Sheriff’s Office’s newest recruit, custom built to handle the scariest of situations.

We all know how wild Florida can be, from random bags of cocaine landing on the roofs of churches and crime watch meetings, to a retiree shooting out the tires of a Ford Super Duty owned by a big telcom because the truck was parked in front of his driveway. Alas, things aren’t always funny in sunny Florida, such as the mass shooting at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport in January 2017.

The mass shooting led to a promise to help the Broward County Sheriff’s Office handle such horrific crimes. According to Miami FOX affiliate WSVN-TV, the office now has a new F-550 custom built and equipped to handle and defuse bombs.

Ford F-550 Bomb Truck

The F-550 was purchased by the Sheriff’s Foundation of Broward County, and is equipped with an X-ray machine, bomb-defusing robot, and other gear needed to deal with whatever madness awaits at a given crime scene.

Ford F-550 Bomb Truck

According to Miami CBS affiliate WFOR-TV, the F-550 will serve as a smaller bomb-defusal unit built with places like Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport in mind.

“They had an issue bringing the bomb squad to Terminal 2,” said foundation executive director Juan Arias regarding the shooting at the airport. “There were cars left in the middle of the road, it was hard to maneuver, they couldn’t maneuver so they had them running into the building with equipment which is very heavy.”

Ford F-550 Bomb Truck

The foundation handed the keys of the $162,000 F-550 to Broward County Sheriff Gregory Tony in late February 2019. And while we hope it doesn’t see action any time soon, this big, brawny Ford is ready to help protect and serve the people of Fort Lauderdale and Broward County.

Since launching her professional writing career nearly a decade ago as a fashion blogger, Cameron Aubernon has written for a handful of online and print publications on a wide variety of subjects, including expat issues, fashion, music, and, of course, the automotive industry. The automotive expert was even the editor-in-chief of a popular online lifestyle publication, where she reviewed luxury cars and interviewed fellow automotive enthusiasts.

A graduate of The Evergreen State College Class of 2005 with a bachelor's in liberal arts, Aubernon took a left turn from fashion writing into the automotive realm when she asked a fellow writer via Facebook if she could write for their site. Following an internship, stints with a couple of hyper-local online publications, and a move to Seattle, she made her then-biggest impact with The Truth About Cars, writing full-time for the publication from 2013 to 2015.

Currently, the highly-regarded automotive journalist is a frequent contributor to the high-traffic Internet Brands Auto Group websites Rennlist, Club Lexus, LS1Tech and Mustang Forums, among others.

Aubernon’s expert knowledge of all things Ford trucks has also made her a mainstay as one of the most prolific writers on Ford Truck Enthusiasts and F-150 Online.

Aubernon can be contacted via email at [email protected].

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