Every year, thousands of people attempt to immigrate to the United States illegally. For some, the opportunities that are offered in this country are worth risking everything, including their lives. Standing between the American dream and their country of origin is without a doubt some of the most difficult and treacherous terrain in the world.
When a call is dispatched to respond to a life-threatening situation, the first responders are usually members of the U.S. Border Patrol's Search, Trauma, and Rescue (Borstar) Team. Responsible for saving thousands of lives every year along the southern border region of the U.S., the team's primary function is search, trauma, and rescue.
To assist in this role, each team is outfitted with the best life-saving equipment available, including custom-built '03 Hummer H1 K-10-series trucks. The diesel powerplant, drivetrain, and transmission all remain stock, while the undercarriage is fitted with extra-heavy-duty skidplates, extra-capacity oil and transmission coolers, a custom roof rack, and run-flat tire inserts. Numerous other components are also installed on the rigs, but they're too classified to mention.
Capable of turning the midnight sky into daylight are two 100-watt Code 3 spotlights, which can be directed to any location via a wireless remote-control unit. When not in use, the lights fold down at the touch of a button. Additional safety lighting is obtained via a Code 3 2100-series lightbar, which houses the latest in LED technology. A Whelen Arrowstick LED traffic bar is mounted in the rear, while waterproof red and blue strobe lights make their home on the front brushguard. Numerous strobe lights have also been installed into the factory tail- and corner-light locations.
The interior of each Borstar rig contains custom-fabricated racks, which house winch cables, rescue ropes, a fullsize helicopter litter, and numerous pieces of emergency medical equipment. Communication between each rig, other units, and headquarters is handled via the latest radios and transmitters to ensure that no contact is ever lost.
On-call 24 hours a day/7 days a week for 365 days a year, rest assured that if there is ever an emergency situation that arises along the southern border region, the U.S. Border Patrol's Borstar Team will be the first to arrive to save another human being, regardless of the individual's nationality, citizenship status, or any other factor.