How a mobile incident command vehicle fleet supports emergency management

By: EMS1 – Randall D. Larson

The story behind one of the busiest mobile incident command and communication resources in Silicon Valley

Over the last couple of decades, the acquisition of mobile command vehicles for local agencies has moved from a luxury afforded only by well-funded agencies to essential components of emergency management in the current environment of terrorist attacks, active shootings, massive wildfires and devastating weather-related disasters.

The City of Palo Alto, California, in the heart of Silicon Valley, has taken this notion a step further. The Palo Alto Office of Emergency Services (OES) has supplemented its full-size mobile EOC (MEOC) with a small fleet of support vehicles – two pick-ups and an all-terrain utility vehicle – allowing the agency to fully support emergency management in the mobile environment.

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