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Photo Story: 7th Annual Mobile Comm Vehicle Rally held in Virginia
Author: Photos by John Wray, CTO, PC3 Solutions
Copyright: 9-1-1 Magazine, Feature Content
The 7th Annual Command, Control, and Communications Vehicle Rally took place in Chantilly, Virginia, on June 17th at the Fairfax County Police Driver Training Track.
More than fifty mobile command centers of all sizes from federal, state and local police and fire agencies displayed at the Rally, some brought in from Maryland, Pennsylvania and Delaware, including the FBI’s mobile conference room, a 57-foot long 89,000-pound trailer that can hold 48 people. The USMC also had an unmarked tractor-trailer unit on display. Spring, Motorola, Cisco, and AT&T brought COWs (Cellular on Wheels) and Emergency Response team units, while other vendors who supply mobile command centers were on hand to demonstrate their latest wares.
The event was intended to serve as a training opportunity rather than simply provide a show-and-tell of the latest mobile command and communications technology. “We’re trying to expose mid-level emergency responders how to use the communication equipment at large-scale events,” Jim Wadsworth, coordinator and founder of the event, told the Chantilly Patch online newspaper. Wadsworth is the manager of the Fairfax County Radio Services Center said Friday. “Just because someone has their CDL license and drove the RV or trailer to a situation doesn’t mean they know how to set it up. That’s what we try to emphasize.”
Chris Essid, director of the Office of Emergency Communications, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, told the Chantilly Patch that “it’s important for rallies like the one in Fairfax County to exist in order for emergency responders to share tips in improve communication at situations.”
The Rally was not open to the public, but restricted attendance to public safety and government personnel only. The Rally, now in the 7th year, has been influential on inspiring similar events elsewhere, including the California MCC Rally, held in May, now in its third year.
For a full story on the Virginia Rally, see the Chantilly Patch article.