Area residents will now be better served during times of crises and emergencies thanks to a new high-tech setup.
The Lafayette County Sheriff's Office and Emergency Management's Mobile Command Post is ready to roll, equipped with the latest communication devices.
Sheriff Carson McCall said, “Lafayette County it has the UHF, VHF, and all 800-megahertz channels in it. The thing that's so unique about it is we can communicate with all the local, state, and federal agencies in this part of Florida if we have a major disaster."
There are also satellite capabilities for television, Internet, and phone systems.
SGT Scott Hamlin of the Lafayette County Sheriff's Office said, "It's going to be great for this county. It compliments everything that we're already trying to do within the Sheriff's Department to better serve our community. This piece of equipment that we've been able to obtain is going to be a great asset to us."
The mobile command post is even fully equipped with a bathroom, kitchen area, and sleeping quarters with two sets of bunk beds.
The sheriff added, "So we can deploy for several weeks at a time to be able to help other places also."
The complete unit cost about $100,000. That money came at no cost to the county. The trailer was funded by a grant, and it was outfitted with the Sheriff's Office's own equipment and through donations.