TUNKHANNOCK, WYOMING COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) Wyoming County is rolling out a new vehicle.
It’s a 911 center on wheels. It’s equipped to be on scene to assist first responders with calls in urban and rural areas. It’s being called “Command 66” and it has computers, radios, a TV, telephone and more. The 2019 Chevy Suburban has been in operation for three months making sure it all works,
“We can dispatch it from here and have units respond to the scene,” said Frank Miller, Deputy Director of the center.
Miller showed Eyewitness News around the 911 Command Vehicle Tuesday. The idea to get Command 66 arose when a nearby P&G warehouse went up in smoke. Dispatchers at the center were overwhelmed with what was a three alarm fire.
“HAving a mobile command center like this we are able to alleviate the load of that incident and take it away from them,” said Miller.
A drone can be used in conjunction with the vehicle. Pilots can have a birds eye view for various incidences including searches and also use it as an infrared.
“Realy we want to do what ever it takes to keep Wyoming County safe,” said Commissioner Tom Henry.
It cost $85,000, $25,000 of that is un upgrades. The County’s EMA Director Gene Dziak worked hand and hand with Command 66 when it was brought to the scene in Falls Township where crews have worked to find Haley Lorenzen.
“We were able to communicate from the boats, back to that vehicle. Give them the request of what we need, they were able to dispatch it right from the vehicle,” said Dziak who is running for county commissioner.
The new 911 command vehicle has all the capabilities that the center has and more. When it is being used, that allows dispatchers at the center focus on other calls coming in.
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