ROMEOVILLE – The village of Romeoville has crossed an item off its wish list.
The village announced the purchase of a Freightliner Chassis Mobile Command Center to use in emergency situations.
Mayor John Noak said this is something village officials have had their eyes on for a handful of years but became more serious about in the last couple of years. After constructing a new fire station to replace an old one, this purchase was next in line.
What put it over the top, though, was a $50,000 donation from the Citgo Lemont Refinery that goes toward the purchase of a phone system, weather station system and camera system with a 39-foot mast for the mobile command center.
“The CITGO donation allowed us to do some additional buildout with it,” Noak said. “We were just going to do what we could afford now and add more to it later. But CITGO was great to us.”
According to Romeoville Emergency Management Coordinator Mike Littrell, emergency personnel will have access to state-of-the-art technology. They will also be able to stay on location at an emergency scene for extended periods of time. In the past, command posts were set up in tents outside an incident area.
Noak said due to the size and capability of the command center, it will serve as a command post in incidents requiring more than one jurisdiction.
The vehicle will have a conference area with the capacity to seat 13 command personnel and a communication center with room for three radio communications operators. In addition, the vehicle will have cellular phone communication, internet connectivity, two cameras and a weather station.
The Romeoville Mobile Command Center is currently under construction at the LDV facility in Wisconsin and is scheduled for delivery in March.