Introducing our state-of-the-art Incident Command Unit

Fri 17 Jul, 2015

Buckinghamshire Fire & Rescue Service's state-of-the-art Incident Command Unit came into operational service today, Friday 17 July.

It heralds a new generation of mobile emergency command vehicles designed to deliver huge improvements in managing the many types of incident a modern-day fire and rescue service deals with. Fully fitted out with communication systems and software, it cost just under £235,000.

Group Commander Gary Taylor said: "This represents a significant investment in the safety of both the public and our fire crews by Buckinghamshire & Milton Keynes Fire Authority.

"It is a really exciting addition to our fleet that will provide a greater level of control and coordination at incidents. The new vehicle features a full range of technology and applications including 3G and 4G capability, enhanced ICT systems, multi-agency briefing areas and satellite communications.

"Public and firefighter safety are at the heart of everything we do, so commanders must have the most relevant and accurate information available to them in order to manage an incident effectively.

"We have put an enormous amount of effort into developing something that will be quick to deploy and very effective at providing tactical and strategic support to the crews and officers at the incident ground.

"This is very positive step, and I am particularly pleased that staff who worked on the project managed to deliver a product that is on time, on cost and fit for purpose."

Training for staff who will use the new vehicle was completed at an emergency exercise at Westcott Venture Park on Wednesday evening.

The picture above, showing the Incident Command Unit with its side awning erected, was taken from drone flying overhead while the exercise was taking place.

The vehicle the new Incident Command Unit replaces, pictured below, has been in service for nearly 20 years.