McPherson city commissioners were treated to a grand tour of a new $120,000 fire department command trailer Monday morning.
McPherson Fire Chief Jeff Deal showed the commissioners and other attendees the design and specs of the trailer.
The trailer was donated to the fire department by NCRA and is designed to provide shelter to important personnel during times of crisis.
The 20-foot trailer comes with four green lights on the top of the trailer, universally recognized as the sign for command. It also houses two sources of alternate power and a shoreline for direct input.
The inside of the trailer is separated into two rooms — a command center and a briefing center. In the command center lies specialized equipment used to track emergencies and communications. Also present is five emergency radios and a refrigerator. In the briefing room is a number of whiteboards, as well as a television that can hook up to three major news sites via satellite.
Barring some minor concerns, such as the lack of proper heating, the city commissioners expressed general satisfaction with the trailer’s condition.
The trailer isn’t just for emergencies. Deal said the trailer also can be used for medical emergencies, or for rehab during fires for fire department personnel.
“We’re really glad to have it,” Deal said. “It’ll be a major boon to the community.”