Director Eric Day said he has assembled some radio equipment through grants and is seeking more to use for the new command center.
“The single biggest advantage of having something like this in a large-scale emergency is it gives us a single point of gathering for all the heads of emergency-responder departments,” he said.
“It puts us all in one vehicle so we can talk to each other and plan and coordinate with each unit. If something happened today, we would all be standing out in the street.”
Day said the command center would be mobilized for major incidents, such as large fires, aircraft disasters, mass shootings, an ice storm or other weather-related disasters.
“We will probably use it a couple times a year to train in so we are ready if we ever need it, he said.
The bookmobile will be outfitted with emergency lights and possibly a siren. The Adirondack-scene mural on the outside, by renowned Adirondack artist Nathan Farb, is expected to remain.
Day said he will try to keep the cost of renovating the vehicle down by using equipment he has already obtained or by purchasing new items with money from his budget, if possible.
“We’ll get to work on it soon, and it will be work in progress, but hopefully it will be ready to go sometime in the fall,” he said.
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