January 21, 2014
The Command Unit Rapid Response Task Force 1 and Mine Rescue Truck, was at Chief Logan Conference Center for Public Information Officers to check out during a recent training class. The one-of-a-kind vehicle includes features such as: Satellite G.P.S. technology for mine mapping, bore hole locating, and gas well detection; Multi-station gas chromate-graph technology lab with rapid sample analysis and includes two remote, portable labs that can be deployed for additional sampling requirements; Advanced lightening and weather detection up to 300 miles; Complete full featured mobile office complex with multiple smart boards and engineering equipment; Advanced inter-agency, inter-operable communications with high-speed military-grade satellite link operating with voice over IP and radio over IP; Video data recording; and Internal and external media presentation. The primary mission of this mine rescue truck is to be used as a safety tool. Southern W.Va. Community and Technical College’s Mine Rescue Task Force 1 technical staff will operate the vehicle in the West Virginia coal fields. The truck will be able to assist with any state or national emergency.