New Mobile Command Center will Help Serve Region 8

PARAGOULD, AR -- The Greene County Rescue Squad is adding a tool to the resources they have to offer the community.  A mobile command center will soon be a part of their fleet of rescue gear.

"We started with a bare trailer inside.  We've put insulation in and we put some paneling in and some wiring.  We're also going to line the inside with white panels," said Curtis Davenport.

The 20 members of the group have been working to transform the trailer for several weeks now.

"We purchased this trailer for about $12,000 because of the doors and things we added to it," said Davenport.

They were given an $8,000 grant from American Rail Car to help purchase the trailer.  Just recently the group found out they will get another grant that will go a long way in helping stock the trailer with necessary equipment.

"We got a grant from the Endowment Foundation of Greene County for $1,500.  That will pay for a laptop that will stay in our rescue truck.  Any time we use this trailer it will go with it," said Davenport.

The command center won't be used all the time, but it will be a great resource.

"Any kind of activity where you have large numbers of people, we will try to have this there.  We also will have it in emergency situations like the tornado that happened in Marmaduke," said Davenport.

The trailer can also be made available for use by other agencies.

"We've also talked to the Arkansas State Police and other sheriff's departments so we can provide it in a standoff situation or a hostage situation," said Davenport.

The mobile command center should be ready by the third week in May.