October 29, 2007
Monday Greene County got a new tool to improve emergency services. Crews say it will let them work more efficiently on scene in an emergency, and residents in and around the county are the ones who will benefit.
Monday crews unveiled a new incident command mobile dispatch unit. Greene County Sheriff Scott Haas says, they need this unit because they did not have an adequate place to do planning on scene during a major emergency. This unit should let them better direct manpower, time, and communication for emergency responders.
Sheriff Haas says they've been working to get this unit more than two and a half years.
"It was in response to a number of incidents we had where we had to operate without good radio coverage," he says. The new unit is equipped with radios. They should be able to communicate with surrounding counties and offer assistance if needed.
The unit is designed to be a central place to plan during an emergency.
Greene County Rescue Squad EMT Bob Townsend says, "its for use for all agencies in a large incident such as tornadoes hurricanes gas spills, search and rescue, anything where you're going to have the need for a unified command."
Crews on scene can call for the unit to be dispatched. Once there, it can be up and running in minutes.
"Whether it be a fire chief the rescue captain or law enforcement personnel they will be able to use it as a communications platform as well as a command platform," Sheriff Haas says.
"We've always had unified command but its always been...three guys standing together on scene in the rain for long periods of time, or the back of a pick up truck gate or somebody's blazer," Townsend says.
This unit should make them more efficient.
"Being able to have a good close communications with the incident commander it's going to benefit everyone," Sheriff Haas says.
Sheriff Haas credits Virgil Goode for securing the funding to pay for this new trailer.
The mobile unit will be housed at the Greene County Sheriff Office.