Erie County donates mobile command center to EMO in Orleans

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 5 May 2021 at 9:01 am

ALBION – The Emergency Management Office in Orleans County will soon have a mobile command center, courtesy of Erie County.

That county is getting a new command center thanks to federal funding. Erie offered its 2006 command center to Orleans. The unit, which cost $250,000 in 2006, only has 11,000 miles, said Dale Banker, EMO director in Orleans County.

The 2006 Chevrolet Mobile Command Vehicle resembles an RV with a bathroom. The county currently has a trailer it can take to major incidents as a command center. The county will change the decals so the vehicle says Orleans County instead of Erie.

Erie County was able to purchase the mobile command center in 2006 through a Homeland Security Grant as part of regional objectives. The Orleans County EMO will continue with that mission as part of the original purpose of the grant, the Orleans County Legislature state din a resolution last week when it accepted the mobile command vehicle from Erie County.