Cape Breton now has a new mobile command centre
Tri-Star in Yarmouth built high-tech unit for use in emergencies
The Cape Breton Regional Municipality has acquired a custom-built, high-tech mobile command centre for fire and police services to use in emergency situations.
The unit will allow first responders to deal with any serious situations, natural or man-made, said John Dilney, manager of emergency services for the municipality.
"In each of the compartments, you have a camera that's mounted on the outside that you're able to view on the inside; there's network capability, computer capability, cable, satellite capability.
"Its major function is to bring everyone together in a centralized point to co-ordinate and plan a response to that incident."
The $230,000 centre contains everything from an operations room to a weather station, and a bank of computer stations and work stations. It even has a small kitchen and bathroom.
"It's a co-ordination-and-response theme that the team can come together in a place for a long period of time to co-ordinate a response to that emergency," Dilney said.
Built by Yarmouth company
The command centre is an upgrade, said Shannon Kerr, spokeswoman for Cape Breton Regional Police.
"What they were using prior to this, I believe, was a 1997 Blue Bird school bus. It was time to get something that adequately met the needs of first responders."
The unit was custom-built by Tri-Star Industries of Yarmouth.