New Mobile Command Center arrives


Cherokee County received its new mobile command post on Saturday, January 29, 2005. The new 30-foot mobile command post, which cost about $160,000, was purchased from Farber Specialty Vehicles under a Homeland Security grant. The new command post is much larger and accommodates a meeting room as well as space for three dispatchers.

The vehicle can serve as a Mobile Command Post for significant emergency response situations across the county. The vehicle, outfitted with standard and cellular phones, computers and other response and communication equipment, is designed to serve as a field command post at emergency response sites. 

The vehicle allows emergency response staff and on-scene coordinators, to maintain communication with other on-scene and off-scene response organizations, including federal, state and local responders, local and state command centers, law enforcement agencies, and other parties needing information about the emergency, including the media, officials in the community, and state and local response authorities.

The Mobile Command Post is also equipped with an internal computer network with a connection to the Internet; a scanner, copier, printer and fax machine; two television monitors; a roof-mounted camera for surveying the incident scene; VHF, UHF, and 800 MHZ radios.

The Mobile Command Post has been designed to provide a warm and dry environment with small meeting areas that can be used for developing incident-specific action plans. In addition, the command post is equipped with a sink, refrigerator, microwave, and bathroom.