Acela Monterra's specialized flood rescue variants are capable of fording 50 inches of water while carrying up to 20 seated passengers. - Photo: Acela

Acela Monterra's specialized flood rescue variants are capable of fording 50 inches of water while carrying up to 20 seated passengers.

Photo: Acela

The Veterans Health Administration (VHA) Office of Emergency Management has taken delivery of three high water flood rescue trucks from Acela Truck Company.

The VHA provides care to more than 9 million U.S. veterans at 1,293 healthcare facilities. These trucks will be used by the Office of Emergency Management to prepare for and respond to high water and flooding disasters at key facilities that experience flooding incidents.

With 46-inch tires, 23 inches of ground clearance, an all-wheel-drive drivetrain, waterproof alternator and starter, and proprietary water fording capabilities, the Acela Monterra's specialized flood rescue variants are capable of fording 50 inches of water while carrying up to 20 seated passengers with ample room, payload and securements for wheelchairs, stretchers, personal property, or rescue gear along with liftgates and canopies. The Acela Monterra line of trucks are also capable of safely responding at top highway speeds of 74 MPH, making them suitable for long-distance response.

The Acela Monterra line of trucks were originally designed for U.S. Army use. In addition to flood rescue operations, Monterra trucks can be used for multiple disaster response scenarios, including tornados and earthquakes, easily traveling over or through large debris. They are also commonly used for brush and wildland fire engines, Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) support vehicles, cargo haulers, and SAR/SWAT team troop carriers in rural and urban environments.

Monterras come standard with a bumper-to-bumper parts and labor warranty. Additional options include warning and scene lighting packages, rescue boat transport capabilities, rain tarps, crew intercom systems, and drone technology.

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