South Georgia Gets Mobile Command

By: Monica Buchanan
By: Monica Buchanan

Last year's hurricanes wreaked havoc on the south Georgia area.

From downed power lines and fallen trees to severe flooding, emergency responders were faced with many difficult issues including the inability to communicate with other agencies, but that won't be a problem for much longer.

CAPT Brian Childress of the Valdosta Police Department says, "You're talking about a 34-foot vehicle that has a conference room that has a three-way radio station, i.e. computer edit dispatch for what we call tactical dispatchers."

It's a $275,000 mobile command unit granted to the Valdosta Police Department by the Homeland Security Office.

Valdosta Mayor John Fretti says, "If you talk to a law enforcement officer they'll tell you there's nothing better than being on-site around the people to take command of the incident, and this is what that will be used for."

Bill Hales, a Thomas County resident, says, "I have children here at Valdosta State and it certainly makes me feel safer that we have this coming to the area."

And come rain or high water, the mobile command will be on scene, organizing rescue efforts and making sure residents in south Georgia are safe.

Childress adds, "It's connectivity, and really that's what homeland security is all about."

Not only for Valdosta and Lowndes County, but the entire south Georgia community. Police say the mobile command unit will be up and running by the end of this year.


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