This September 21, 2012 photograph provided by Cool Amphibious Manufacturers International shows the company's Amphibious Responder entering a pond in Ridgeland, S.C. The hybrid truck and boat can be used for everything from fighting fires to search and rescue operations. (AP Photo/Julie Giljam, Cool Amphibious Manufacturers International)
RIDGELAND, S.C. (AP) — A South Carolina company this week is shipping the first of a new vehicle designed to better respond where global warming is expected to bring more frequent and more severe storms.
The Amphibious Responder is a cross between a boat and a truck and can serve as everything from a fire engine to a search and rescue boat to an environmental response vehicle.
It's built by a company called CAMI that operates out of a plant off Interstate 95 in Ridgeland.
The government of Thailand has ordered 20 of the vehicles and the first is being shipped this week.
Company founder John Giljam says they have had dozens of inquires about the vehicle from governments in the U.S. Northeast as well in the wake of Superstorm Sandy.