Agreement reached to allow local fire and police agencies to receive surplus military equipment

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OKLAHOMA -- Oklahoma Senator Jim Inhofe is praising the agreement reached Wednesday between the EPA and the Department of Defense allowing local fire and law enforcement agencies to continue receiving surplus military equipment.

The federal agencies decided to extend the national security exemption for the program.

Each year, Oklahoma's fire departments receive up to $15 million worth of surplus equipment from the DOD.

Officials say the cost of new vehicles is between $150,000-200,000, but the departments are able to use the surplus vehicles from the DOD and equip them for as low as $30,000 dollars.