International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 164 recently contributed $2,000 to the Borough of Paramus' new Mobile Command Center. The chapter is also donating vital electrical and telecommunications services and materials that will enable the state-of-the-art emergency management vehicle to become fully-operational.

The Mobile Command Center, which was donated to Paramus Emergency Management by Coach USA of Paramus, is a converted bus equipped to serve as an emergency planning and resource management center in the event of a complex incident that lacks the potential for a secure, on-site command center. The new vehicle will offer emergency personnel a safe area from which to evaluate, implement, coordinate and manage rescue, police and fire efforts.

“The need for a Mobile Command Center is significant due to the types of emergencies, which local law enforcement and fire departments must prepare in today's world,” said Steven Mehl, Paramus director of emergency management. “These types of incidents require a new level of event management capabilities, including those that can be dispatched immediately. As a result, what organizations like IBEW Local 164 are doing is invaluable due to the overwhelming need for financial as well as technical support.”

The Paramus Mobile Command Center will enable law enforcement and fire officials to orchestrate an emergency response while remaining in a designated location with access to the latest information and technology via state-of-the-art computers, telephones, satellite and Internet access, emergency plans, floor plans and maps.