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Does your department have a command post? Do you use it? What are its roles besides just being a command post?

Yesterday in Beverly ,BEMA set up ours. Its operation went very well. It was parked in quiet part of the park that the homecomeing festival was at. It coordinated our personel and the 3 other trucks we brought,it served as a stageing point for the police and fire details. We also provided cold drinks and food to the bike patrol and police.
This was a medium sized event that we used it for. I notice some departments have them but never use them hopeing for the "big one" to come.

Our command post has the ability for VHF,UHF,800 ,2 meter and Marine freq. We have a lap top that haz- mat and operations software. We also have satilite photos, topo maps,mini conferance area ,PA system and are able to set up portable land line telephones.
It is a rescue truck. It has rescue tools,telescopeing boom lights and genorator that are complimented by the side floods.
It is a rehab unit that has air conditioning,O2,cases of bottled water,blankets,pillows etc.
Lastly it can function as an ambulance, it does not carry a stretcher but does have a stokes basket and has full BLS capabilites.

Not bad for a 1986 Sirrea that once was a Intensive care unit. On the photo page it is unit 124.[web:9848b83483]http://www.geocities.com/beverlyema/photo.html[/web:9848b83483]
 

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Its a military "mule" from the Vietnam era. We have 7 around the base,thats the only one that looks and works good. The guy on it is out Lt. and master mechanic and he spent alot of time getting to that stage.
 

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Hi,

Can you elaborate on the software that you're using?

I ask because I'm working on a similar incident command / emergency operations center strategy for the entire east coast for my employer (major retail chain) and we've been evaluating software for use in a situation like this.

We certainly don't need a mobile command post like a city/state EMA would utilize - but in a major situation (9/11, roof collaspe, etc) we need the capacity to have an on-scene command post and an EOC behind it that can provide support, etc..

We used some software called Mission Mode - http://www.missionmode.com - during the DNC and it worked very well for us - also got to see the WebEOC setup that Somerville PD and other agencies were using - pretty slick stuff.

Anyways, thanks for your insight,
Bryan
 
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