Homeland Security funds and donations make $150,000 project run
Monday Storm Lake Public Safety Director Mark Prosser unveiled a nearly $124,000 mobile command post vehicle, a 32-foot rolling nerve center capable of providing on-site computer access for any emergency that should happen in Storm Lake, Buena Vista County, or surrounding area.
"It's a rolling office," Prosser said. "This will go wherever we need long-term facilities."
This is the third mobile command vehicle the Storm Lake Police Department has acquired. In the early 1990s the department received through criminal seizure a small van that acted as the department's mobile command vehicle. That was followed by a military surplus vehicle in the late 1990s.
The new vehicle includes a locally purchased chassis from Fitzpatrick Auto Center. Dodgen Industries of Humboldt which has a long experience in designing mobile command vehicles completed construction of the vehicle.
The new mobile command post has seven work stations, capability of multiple communications components, self-contained water storage and restroom facilities, self-contained generators as well as direct connections to AC power, storage, computer capability, hard line telephone capabilities, and the ability to add future technology.
At a total cost of $123,959, the vehicle will house approximately $25,000 in existing equipment plus an additional $9,592 in additional communications equipment.
The bulk of the funding comes from $98,000 in Homeland Security funding through the Buena Vista County Emergency Management Commission. Other funding comes through Tyson Fresh Meats, Inc. which made a series of donations totaling $22,500. Other funding came from donations totaling $2,350 from Sara Lee, Wal-Mart, and Citizens Bank; $2,700 from remaining Lab Team funding; and $5,300 from seized criminal assets. The Buena Vista County 911 Commission authorized $4,798 for communications equipment and Alpha Wireless of Spencer donated another $805 in communications equipment to the project.
The vehicle is maintained and owned by the City of Storm Lake but is made available to any public safety agency in the county when needed.
The Storm Lake Police and Fire Departments have assigned a cadre of staff members to train on the operations of the vehicle. The team will deploy on the vehicle wherever it is needed and set it up for operations.
The vehicle will be ready for deployment on April 1. Meanwhile, Storm Lake Public Safety personnel will train with the vehicle.
"The Storm Lake Public Safety Departments are honored to have such a state-of-the-art piece of equipment and they are committed to its maintenance and professional operation for years to come," said Prosser.
The old mobile command vehicle is going out of service and negotiations are underway to place that vehicle under supervision of the Buena Vista County Medical Examiner's Office.