Surrey Unveils New Tool to Enhance Public Safety
September 13, 2012
Surrey – The City of Surrey unveiled a new state-of-the-art Mobile Incident Command Post today which will provide on-site support for fire, police and engineering emergencies.
The 53-foot unit is fully equipped with leading edge communications and surveillance technology. It will strengthen public safety and enable the City to be more prepared to respond to emergency situations.
“We have the largest RCMP detachment in Canada and one of the largest fire departments in the country. We need to be prepared for emergencies and able to respond swiftly and effectively when they occur,” says Mayor Dianne Watts. She adds the unit was built by Intercontinental Truck Body, a local Cloverdale company.
The City will also use the unit at many large-scale community events, such as the annual Canada Day and Fusion Festival celebrations.
“The enhanced technology provides all the capabilities needed to manage natural and manmade emergencies, and gives us the ability to communicate, observe and moderate events,” says Surrey Fire Chief Len Garis.
“This new and improved mobile command centre will enable the police to stage and deploy their resources with the best available information and assets to ensure the public’s safety at large scale city events and unfolding police emergencies," says Surrey RCMP Assistant Operations Officer Insp. Garry Begg.
The new command post replaces the existing unit, a retrofitted 1992 recreational vehicle, which was purchased from the federal government in 2001.
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