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Firetruck Boat! The Superstorm-ready vehicle

  • John and Julie Giljam designs amphibious vehicles for living
  • The Amphibious Responder can reach 80 mph on land and 8 mph on water

It’s a firetruck, a tank and a boat all rolled into one. Meet the world’s first amphibious search-and-rescue vehicle.

It’s called the Amphibious Responder. It is designed to handle hurricane-strength winds, drive over debris as big as telephone poles and cruise through floods, lakes and even the ocean.

In the wake of Superstorm Sandy’s devastation and floods, it’s easy to see how a vehicle built to handle almost any natural disaster would come in handy.

That’s why John and Julie Giljam are hoping to get the word out and production rolling. The husband-and-wife design team wants to be ready for the next time disaster strikes.

“It is hard to watch people suffer needlessly when we have the tools to save lives,” John Giljam says. “The limitations on the Amphibious Responder are much less than traditional boats or road vehicles. We could be there sooner with more efficient means of moving and providing for people.”

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