DEMHS Mobile Communication Vehicles

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The state should take delivery of 6 new DEMHS MCV's soon, and will house them in the 5 regions.

In addtion to the equipment provided from the manufacturer the vehicles will have the following equipment.
12 Mobile Radios , 2 each on the various low band, VHF, UHF and 800 MHz channels. Three laptop computers, two for console service and one for radio programming. Sprint and Verizon Wirekless access points. 18 portable radios, six each, VHF, UHF and 800 MHz. Various support equipment including cables, tools etc.
 

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We don't have enough command units in CT?
Well at least both sides of my tax money are being wasted, Federal for the grant and state to maintain the trucks.
 

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Cool looking truck.The only thing I don't see is on-scene lighting.
 

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DEMHS???

On the side under the CT State Seal are the words..."Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection" which should result in the acronym "DESPP". So, which department are we really dealing with here?

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Its all one and the same. in 2011 DEMHS became part of DESPP along with CSP and Commission on Fire Prevention & Control. At least they got the new name on them.

"The Connecticut Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection (DESPP) is composed of six divisions: the Division of State Police, the Division of Statewide Emergency Telecommunications, the Division of Scientific Services, the Police Officer Standards and Training Council, the Commission on Fire Prevention and Control, and the Division of Emergency Management and Homeland Security."

Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection

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Looks like very well equipped trucks. What I don't understand is where is the need? If CSP is part of this same newly formed team in 2011, and we all know THEY have well equipped communications trucks, where is the NEED for 5 more trucks?

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Manny:

You're so correct on the NEED. I'm guessing there is funding or a grant from the feds to offset the cost to the state. So, if there is money available.....let's spend it!

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I'm 99.5 % sure it's all grant $$$, and hopefully they're put to good use.

Historically the CSP never shared their toys well. That seems to have changed recently, and even more during the Malloy term. With the current changes going on with the CSP dispatch centers, who knows if they can staff their vehicles. The state is accepting requests from communities to house these trucks, and most likely they will go to the fire service side, because they can house them.

They're provided most of the municipalities with "STOCS" boxes, and I haven't seen them used yet. Hopefully the communities who take these vehicles are those who will put them to good use.

In the event of a major incident effecting all of the state like some of the storms last year these could all be put to good use.
 

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So what will they used for? Of course their communication vehicles but will they be used for storms,crimes,etc?
 

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DESPP Vehicles

First of all, these are not command post vehicles - that is not their purpose
They are "Inter Operable Communications" Vehicles. -

There are at least a dozen radios, configured in Low Band, VHF, UHF and 700/800 MHZ System - all connected to an ACU-2000 gateway.
Raytheon Company: ACU-2000 IP
Frequencies?
All State and Federal Inter Op Channels are in them.
Also, each radio has multiple banks, and each bank is specific to a region - each region submitted a comms list of frequencies from their TIC-P to be programmed - of course not every departments every frequency could be supported, so the most common and most used channels are in them - there will be programming equipment for authorized COMT-s to make changes if necessary.

The goal is to support ongoing incidents, providing the ability to patch (if necessary) systems and frequencies. These will not be an everyday response vehicle, as there is no room for that -


As for lighting, there are scene lights, a Night Sun, Multiple Camera's Systems etc etc etc.

As mentioned, they will be deployed to each DEMHS region in the State - An agency wishing to host the asset has had to submit a request and documentation to their Region Coordinator.

Nice truck's - if you are the "TECH" kind of person -



I'll try and get some pic's up more if I can.
 
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The orginal/current CSP trucks intent were "Emergency Restoration Vehicles" for the trunked system or rather large events (usually used at the Durham fair and Renceshler Field at times). These have back up infrastructure equipment and the like should there be a major failure or needed capacity somewhere. Essentially, its a self contained mobile trunked system. Its not really a "command center" but can be utilized in part as one. The equipment itself takes up quite a bit of space.

As stated above, the new trucks are more of communications gateways so everyone can talk (isn't that what are little STOCS boxes at a cheap price is suppose to do anyways?) :)

So now, we have RAFS, Hotline, WMLEC, NIFOG, CSPERN, ICALL (oops, 8-XXXX-9x), NLEEF, MEDNET, Intercity BS, and the like, but somehow we can't still talk to each other without 250,000 trucks.

This is just another case in point where departments in CT just need to bring down the castle walls and drain the moats and just get onboard with the state system and expand it out like most other states. Costs less and needless equipment like this can be trimmed down.

Concept and exceution is good, but can be avoided these days.
 

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So now, we have RAFS, Hotline, WMLEC, NIFOG, CSPERN, ICALL (oops, 8-XXXX-9x), NLEEF, MEDNET, Intercity BS, and the like, but somehow we can't still talk to each other without 250,000 trucks.
That was amazing. :)
 
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