|Date Issued:||May 24, 2012 - 10:36am|
Federal Grant funds Communities new Critical Incident Response Vehicle
|CONTACT:||Deputy Armando Avina - Public Information Officer|
911 Parr Blvd Reno, NV 89512
Reno, Nevada. U.S. Senator Harry Reid will join Washoe County Sheriff Michael Haley for the rollout of the Communities new Critical Incident Response Vehicle, the first of its kind in Nevada, during a media briefing at 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 29, 2012, at the Regional Public Safety Training Center.
The Critical Incident Response Vehicle is designed to transport vital communications equipment along with intelligence gathering staff from the Northern Nevada Counter Terrorism Center to the site of a critical incident to support the rapid and effective establishment of a mobile command and control center.
“Our community’s ability to effectively respond to any emergency is predicated by our ability to quickly gather, interpret and share information,” Sheriff Haley said. “This vehicle enables us to mobilize the necessary tools to ensure that responding agencies are able to communicate with each other and the public during a crisis.”
Senator Reid secured funding for the vehicle through a Congressional Mandated Award from the U.S. Department of Justice Office of Community Orientated Police Services.
“This is good news for Washoe County,” said Senator Reid. “I have worked hard to ensure our forces have the resources they need to keep Nevada’s communities safe. This new vehicle will help Sheriff Haley and his team continue to do the good work they do for Washoe County.” Senator Reid said.
What: Unveiling of Washoe County Sheriff’s Office new Critical Incident Response Vehicle (Media Press Event Only)
When: 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday May 29, 2012
Where: Regional Public Safety Training Center, 5190 Spectrum Blvd., Reno
Contact: Deputy Armando Avina: (775) 328-6370
The Critical Incident Response Vehicle will be available to assist all regional agencies with vital communication equipment and technology when the need arises, providing critical communication and intelligence gathering capabilities to emergency incidents such as terrorism activity, natural disasters or civil unrest.
The vehicle also enables trained analysts to respond to the scene of an emergency incident so that they may more effectively coordinate with first responders, analyze data, and exchange critical information between partnering agencies.
The vehicle was manufactured by Lynch Diversified Vehicles in Wisconsin based on input from Sheriff’s Northern Nevada Counter Terrorism Center, Special Operations Division, Research and Development, and Administration staff.
Total cost for the vehicle is approximately $573,000.00. The Department of Justice Office of Community Orientated Police Services grant funded $500,000 and remainder was obtained through a Department of Homeland Security grant.
Some features of the vehicle:
The conference area workstation has the main radio and communications equipment, as well as a dedicated, small form factor computer for information and intelligence gathering from the field.
- Has a satellite for connectivity and communications for the analysts
- There is a mast with camera so that the analysts can gather intelligence information via live video, controllable by the analysts
- There is a 4 channel DVR system for recording the various cameras on and around the vehicle, as well as the proposed helicopter video downlink system
- The vehicle has a dish network system so that the analysts have the ability to monitor news feeds
- There is a commercial air band transceiver so that the analysts may communicate with aircraft during intelligence gathering missions
- Has a Radio Inter-Operability System for versatility of operations in areas outside of our own
- Has the ability to print large items such as maps and charts for use by analyst and for incident briefings
- Has an outside display monitor and presentation area for presenting information to larger groups
Northern Nevada Counter-Terrorism Center was established in 2008 as part of a statewide collaborative effort between Nevada’s three fusion centers. The Northern Nevada Counter-Terrorism Center acts as a centralized, comprehensive fusion center, specifically designed to coordinate the exchange of intelligence information between federal, state, local, tribal, public and private sector agencies.
This regional collaboration promotes and enhances the protection of both the citizens and the critical infrastructure assets of the United States of America and specifically Northern Nevada.
The Washoe County Sheriff's Office celebrated 150 years of proud service and community partnership in 2011. Sheriff Michael Haley is the 25th person elected to serve as the Sheriff of Washoe County. His office continues to be the only full service public safety agency operating within northern Nevada and is responsible for operating the consolidated detention facility, regional crime lab, Northern Nevada Counter Terrorism Center, Internet Crimes against Children Task Force, court security, service of civil process, traditional street patrols and Regional Animal Services.