Natural disasters similar to the recent flooding in North Texas always make it hard for emergency crews to respond to the hardest hit areas, but there's a new vehicle on the market that could make that task much easier.
The TEEX Product Development Center displayed Wednesday morning the latest tool that first responders might be able to use in disaster situations.
The all-terrain track vehicle, or A.T.T.V., can climb up to a 60 degree vertical slope, roll over four-foot obstacles, track through snow or sand, and can even cruise in the water at a speed of five miles per hour.
"It's a perfect platform in the event of a disaster, or earthquake, tornado, or hurricane," said Gary Damon, president of Homeland Intelligence Technologies, which is distributing the vehicle. "You can deploy help to that area where the roads would normally be impassible."
The vehicle also can haul a trailer that can be modified into a communications command post or triage center, or even just haul supplies to distribute to victims of the disaster.