Bryan to Unveil Mobile Command Center

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The area's first responders now have a new tool for their emergency responses.

On Tuesday at 3 p.m., the City of Bryan will unveil its new mobile command vehicle at the city's municipal building.

The vehicle resembles the one in use by the City of Plano, with a fire engine's chassis plus additional space for personnel and equipment.

Bryan owns the unit and will keep it at Fire Station #1, it can be used regionally according to Fire Chief Mike Donoho.

The command center's big talking point is its ability to manage various radio communications so all first responders can communicate with each other. It's part of Governor Rick Perry's mandate for the state's emergency crews in the aftermath of miscommunication during 9-11.

SVI Trucks out of Colorado created the vehicle. It arrived in the region in January, and was sent to Houston to do prep work. A link to SVI's website is provided below this story.

The unit was actually shown at the Texas Fire Chief's Conference in Houston while there.

Donoho envisions the command center being utilized in cases of major fires or crime scenes, hazmat incidents and natural disasters.

Homeland security grants totaling $686,000 went to purchase the vehicle.