MIDDLESEX COUNTY — Officials unveiled the newest addition to Middlesex County’s emergency response fleet last month: the County Prosecutor’s Mobile Command Center.
The vehicle was purchased with $180,768.22 in state Homeland Security Grant funds. It is able to be deployed anywhere in the county when needed and is equipped with a roof-mounted satellite dish; two telescoping 500-watt floodlights; 7,000kw generator; two dispatch radio command areas; communications ports for landlines, network wiring and CATV; interior and exterior jacks; rear conference area with bench seating; interior and exterior electrical outlets; and interior and exterior LED lighting. The purchase also included training on the use of the vehicle.
Middlesex County Acting Prosecutor Andrew C. Carey thanked the freeholders for helping to secure the grant and said the Mobile Command Center will be an asset to law enforcement.
“In addition to the great advantages the new Mobile Command Center will offer in assisting the public during emergencies, it also will be a valuable tool in the investigation of crimes. An on-the-scene unit, where law enforcement can deploy and debrief officers while maintaining public safety, will serve the residents of Middlesex County well when unfortunate events occur,” Carey said.
“This new Mobile Command Center will enhance our ability to respond promptly and effectively to deploy personnel and resources at the scene of an incident, whether for a natural disaster or a law enforcement response, especially when the situation calls for prolonged attention,” said Middlesex County Freeholder Director Ronald G. Rios. “It will be a valuable resource for the entire county.”
“This state-of-the-art unit is fully equipped with communications and computer technology to make it a self-sufficient emergency command post,” said Freeholder H. James Polos, chair of the County Public Safety and Health Committee. “This vehicle can be used in virtually any situation that requires on-site emergency coordination and is a great addition to our emergency response fleet.”
“The Mobile Command Vehicle will equip first responders throughout Middlesex County with a state-of-the art command center that can be used in a variety of emergency situations,” said Edward Dickson, director of the New Jersey Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness. “We will continue to invest in projects that help our law enforcement and emergency management partners do their jobs to prevent, respond to, and recover from any type of emergency.”
“This project and the scores of similar projects around the State represent our continued emphasis on effective federal homeland security grant program management,” said Anita Bogdan, Chief Administrative Officer for the New Jersey Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness, who was on hand for the unveiling of the vehicle. “Today’s debut of the Mobile Command Vehicle is the result of a deliberative process that involves multiple state and local agencies working together to enhance the county’s level of preparedness.”
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