Obadiah’s Mobile Command Center is a great asset to any fire camp or mobile operation. It can be used as a remote fire camp, the main communication hub for a large camp, or as an operations center for controlled burns. The center even has extendable, enclosed awnings that pull out on both sides and the rear, which more than doubles the total usable floor space.
The work stations inside the command center are set up for two people in each of the three offices. Each office is complete with desk and file cabinet systems, two Nortel multi-line commercial phones, is fully networked, have individual fire escapes, and have both AC and DC outlets available (this is done to keep things up and running in the event of an inverter failure). One of the offices is set up as a reception area with a window on the outside to facilitate receiving paperwork without allowing personnel to access the inside of the office area, and there is a remotely controlled lock on the door allowing the receptionist to screen visitors if desired.
The kitchen in the mobile command center is equipped with a large Norco three-way refrigerator, microwave, sink, and a small one burner propane stove to heat coffee on.
The bathroom has a shower, toilet, and small sink. There is a 70 gallon fresh water system. 35 gallons of water are heated by the sun on the roof, and an on-demand water heater is available as well. There is also a ceramic space heater in the reception office to keep things cozy on cool mornings or evenings. Two air conditioners also provide a comfortable working atmosphere on hot summer days: One is located in the main work area, and the other in the sleeping area.
The sleeping area is in the nose of the 5th wheel, away from any main hall traffic. It is equipped with two twin beds, lighting, and is carpeted, insulated, and has its own fire escape.
The office capabilities include an Optistreams server that is totally networked, an IBM Info Print 40 laser printer capable of handling the paperwork demands of a fire camp, a commercial grade fax, printer, and scanner combo. Telephone communications are provided via a Nortel Norstar digital phone system that is fully integrated with a Companion mobile phone system that allows free range mobility throughout the command center and camp area. There is also a 24 line network interface onboard, allowing us to provide an interlink for additional phone lines outside our internal digital phone system (these can allow crew members to call home from potentially remote areas).
Three high speed broadband satellite dishes provide communications, and are each on different networks to assure dependability. These systems are fully networked and totally expandable, providing enough high speed bandwidth for large camp access to the Internet. The onboard Accuweather weather station is solar powered and radio transmitted, giving accurate local weather forecast and information that is updated every ten minutes via the national Accuweather system. A 12kw diesel generator provides the lighting or other power needs for camp. The command center is fully self-contained and generates enough power with full sunlight to meet its demands, without the use of an outside generator. The battery banks can keep things up and running for up to a week in cloudy weather. In smoky conditions there may be a need to have a back up source, but we have installed a wind generator to accomplish this (or the diesel generator can be used).
- Dual battery banks
- 12 volt DC and 110 AC
- Fully networked
- Automated satellite internet connection
- Digital phone system
- Solar powered with backup 12kw diesel generator
- Air Conditioning / Heating systems
- 3 two person work stations
- Sleeping quarters
- Kitchen galley
- On demand hot water
- Accuweather station
- DirecTV / XM radio
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