South Yorkshire Command and Control Unit
- South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service
- 29th April, 2009
Bence recently delivered a state of the art mobile Command and Control Unit for the South Yorkshire Fire Service. The unit, which is based on a Mercedes Econic 18 tonne base chassis, will provide the Fire Service with an optimal unit in which to manage major incidents.
The unit is divided internally into two main areas with one of the areas providing a large briefing area for the Fire Officers. A separate area provides space for the radio operator and the Incident Commander. The accommodation is further extended by way of an external fully enclosed awning providing a further briefing and working area for the officers with critical information being provided via an external touch sensitive screen integrally mounted on the side of the vehicle.
The mobile unit is fully air conditioned within, which provides the ideal environment and conditions for the sophisticated communications and IT equipment mounted within specially constructed IT racks at the rear of the unit. Power to the unit is provided either via a landline or an on-board generator, with a battery UPS back providing electrical power resilience.
The rooftop provides a platform for several communication antennas, together with a satellite dome to receive news bulletins and a 120cm satellite dish providing Broadband connectivity wherever the unit may be. The whole unit is stabilised via an independently controlled hydraulic leg system.
The unit was delivered during May in preparation for the intensive training which will be undertaken on the unit prior to the unit ‘going live’.
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