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County to get new emergency response vehicle
by Tribune Staff
May 29, 2012 | 1112 views | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend | print
RENO — Washoe County Sheriff Mike Haley, joined by U.S. Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev.), will roll out the new Communities Critical Incident response Vehicle, the first of its kind in Nevada, at 1 p.m. today during a media-only event at the Regional Public Safety Training Center in Reno.

The Critical Incident Response Vehicle is designed to transport vital communications equipment along with intelligence gathering staff from the Northern Nevada Counterterrorism Center to the site of a critical incident to “support the rapid and effective establishment of a mobile command and control center,” said Deputy Armando Avina, spokesman for the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office.

The specially equipped vehicle will help emergency crews respond to disastrous situations quickly and better help first responders communicate between departments, Haley said.

“Our community’s ability to effectively respond to any emergency is predicated by our ability to quickly gather, interpret and share information,” 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.”

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,” Sen. Reid said in a statement. “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.”
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