Rural Mississippi Fire Sparks Determination to Upgrade Communications Equipment with Tacticomm Solution

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Poultry fire and bomb threat highlight need for technology upgrades to improve multi-agency coordination in rural Mississippi. Howard’s Tacticomm wins bid and Jones County Emergency Management Agency gets heavy rescue unit that includes a state-of-the-art walk-in command center.

Two recent emergency situations highlighted the need for more advanced technology to improve multi-agency coordination and sparked the determination of a volunteer fire department to upgrade their communications equipment.

According to Lance Chancellor, Executive Director of the Jones County Emergency Management Agency, "We recently responded to a major fire at a poultry farm in Wayne County, Mississippi. The potential for disaster escalated when we realized that fire departments arriving on the scene were unaware of a large propane tank right near the blaze. Because the fire departments were all on different radio frequencies, we couldn’t communicate with them via radio; we actually had to have someone run over to them and deliver the information. It took time that we might not have had. Fortunately the tank didn’t bleve, which could have resulted in firefighters being injured or even killed.”

“Another incident involved a bomb threat that led to the evacuation of two buildings on a junior college campus. There were 11 agencies on the scene and we had the same problem—no way to bridge communications between them. We knew what we had to do. We applied to the FEMA Assistance to Firefighters Grant program for funding that would enable us to purchase an interoperable communications system. Howard’s Tacticomm won the bid and delivered the perfect solution.

We now have a heavy rescue unit in service that includes a state-of-the-art walk-in command center; equipped with everything we need for on-scene multi-agency coordination. We are delighted because we know that no matter what we come up against in the future, communication will not be a problem.”

About TACTICOMM
Tacticomm is Howard’s new mobile command and communications solution for emergency response and public safety management. It provides solutions suitable for small-scale daily operational activities and major mobilizations alike, from single components to complete mobile communication packages. Learn more at http://bit.ly/pr-tacticomm.

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