Citywide Disaster Services to roll out new mobile command unit

Officials say the new unit will allow them to better assist responders during emergencies. (10/1/13)

BROOKLYN - Citywide Disaster Services volunteers, who play a role in assisting emergency crews, are preparing to unveil their new mobile command unit.

News 12 reporter Katie Lusso took a behind the scenes tour of the unit before it becomes operational.

The unit is equipped with unique tools including an infrared camera that can be used on land and in the water.

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Citywide Services volunteers aid search and rescue missions and operate communications during disasters and planned events. Officials say the new unit will allow them to better assist responders during emergencies.

"We can go into a devastated area which has no communications, no phones, no electric. Deploy our equipment and be fully self-contained and operating," said James O’Connell, acting chief of operations.

The mobile command unit will roll out for the first time at the Boy Scouts of America Big Apple Jamboree on Oct 11.

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