THOR deployed to battle wildfires [podcast]

On WCOA this morning, Escambia County Public Safety Director Eric Gilmore discussed the county sending its mobile command unit (THOR) to Bay County to help battle the wildfires plaguing Bay, Calhoun and Gulf counties.

THOR is equipped with a 44-kilowatt generator with 72 hours of fuel onboard. There are dual 5-ton air conditioning units. It allows for wireless communications, including cellular, satellite and VOIP phones. Radio equipment is onboard including UHF, VHF and 700/800 P-25. There are security cameras with DVR. The 52-foot Hilomast Pneumatic mast has antennas and high-resolution cameras. Video conferencing is available.

There is a video distribution system matrix (off air, Direct TV and computer displays). The space allows for a four-position communication room. It is a mobile office space with printers, scanners, office supplies, minifridge, microwave and coffee maker.