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In the event of some type of disaster, quick and informed response is vital. Emergency communications in Orange County, New York is now stronger than ever due to a new communications vehicle.

About the Emergency Communications Vehicle

The Mobile Emergency Communications Vehicle, purchased from specialty vehicle manufacturer Mobile Concepts by Scotty, is a 3500 Freightliner Sprinter outfitted to support command and communications.

The 23-foot-long Sprinter van has 3 workstations wired for 110-volt, 12-volt and CAT6 to support communications equipment. It also features a work counter and passenger swivel seat with a folding desk for added workspace. In total, the vehicle can hold 5 passengers, which includes the driver.

If needed, the Sprinter can function as a secondary personnel transport vehicle.

Orange County spans a total area of 839 square miles and is located 40 miles from Manhattan on NYC’s northeastern outreaches and is home to West Point Military Academy.

In accordance with the County’s Interoperable Communications Plan (CICP) for vehicle-to-base communications, Orange County Emergency Management Agency (EMA) took delivery of their new “tool” to help them stay connected during disasters.

New York State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services as well as the Department of Commerce funded and supported this project.

According to CICP documents, the plan establishes “communications methodologies for all Emergency Services agencies” within the county. CICP outlines “the interoperable communications resources available within the designated area, who controls each resource, and what rules of use or operational procedures exist for the activation and deactivation of each resource.”

 

In simpler terms, it is the most efficient way to respond and communicate during emergencies, disasters or terrorist attacks. The Emergency Communications Vehicle provides the first responders with the interoperability they will need.

Access to reliable information about the response activities taking place aids officials in planning and executing the best possible solution to the incident. A roof-mounted antenna rail system can accommodate up to 8 antennas for 2-way radio, cellular, AM/FM or UHF/VHF signals. All of which are essential to first responders during an emergency.

About the area the Emergency Communications Vehicle will serve

The County’s EMAs are tasked with preparing their nearly 375,000 residents for emergency situations as well as provide response and recovery.

To sum it up, Orange County, New York doesn’t really know anything that the rest of the nation doesn’t- at least in this instance. First responders across our nation are making

interoperability a top priority. We can expect significant advances in communications in the coming years that will surely result in more lives saved.

Watch our YouTube video below for additional details on the Emergency Communications Vehicle.

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