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Washoe County rolls out new response vehicle
by Tribune Staff
May 25, 2012 | 656 views | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend | print

Reno — U.S. Senator Harry Reid will join Washoe County Sheriff Michael Haley for the rollout of the communities new Critical Incident Response Vehicle, the first of its kind in Nevada, at 1 p.m. Tuesday at the Regional Public Safety Training Center in Reno. 

The Critical Incident Response Vehicle is designed to transport vital communications equipment along with intelligence gathering staff from the Northern Nevada Counter Terrorism Center to the site of a critical incident to support the rapid and effective establishment of a mobile command and control center.

“Our community’s ability to effectively respond to any emergency is predicated by our ability to quickly gather, interpret and share information,” Haley said. “This vehicle enables us to mobilize the necessary tools to ensure that responding agencies are able to communicate with each other and the public during a crisis.”

Sen. Reid (D-Nev.) secured funding for the vehicle through a Congressional Mandated Award from the U.S. Department of Justice Office of Community Orientated Police Services.

“This is good news for Washoe County,” Reid said. “I have worked hard to ensure our forces have the resources they need to keep Nevada’s communities safe. This new vehicle will help Sheriff Haley and his team continue to do the good work they do for Washoe County.”   

The Critical Incident Response Vehicle will be available to assist all regional agencies with vital communication equipment and technology when the need arises, providing critical communication and intelligence gathering capabilities to emergency incidents such as terrorism activity, natural disasters or civil unrest.

The vehicle also enables trained analysts to respond to the scene of an emergency incident so that they may more effectively coordinate with first responders, analyze data, and exchange critical information between partnering agencies.  

The vehicle was manufactured by Lynch Diversified Vehicles in Wisconsin, based on input from the sheriff’s Northern Nevada Counter Terrorism Center, Special Operations Division, Research and Development, and administration staff.

Total cost for the vehicle was some $573,000. The Department of Justice Office of Community Orientated Police Services grant funded $500,000 and remainder was obtained through a Department of Homeland Security grant. 

Inside the vehicle, the conference area workstation has the main radio and communications equipment, as well as a dedicated, small form factor computer for information and intelligence gathering from the field.

The vehicle also has a satellite for connectivity and communications for analysts. A met with a camera allows analysts to gather intelligence information via live video, controllable by the analysts. There is also a four-channel DVR system for recording various cameras on and around the vehicle and a proposed helicopter video downlink system. The vehicle will also have the ability monitor news feeds through a dish system. It will have a commercial air band receiver for analysts to communicate with aircraft during intelligence gathering missions, a radio inter-operability system for versatility of operations in areas outside of town and the ability to print large maps and charts.

This regional collaboration promotes the protection of the citizens and the infrastructure assets of the U.S. and Northern Nevada.
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