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Attleboro Accepts Donation of $100,000 Emergency Mobile Command Center

The mobile command center was donated by North Attleboro.

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Tuesday's snowstorm is another reminder that weather is unpredictable and preparedness is important. Luckily, for Attleboro's emergency responders, they just became a lot more prepared.

The Attleboro City Council voted unanimously last month to accept a donation of a $100,000 mobile command center from the town of North Attleboro. The 2005 dodge van was acquired with 5,276 miles on it.

According to a communication from Mayor Kevin Dumas, the vehicle was donated from North Attleboro because it "no longer fits their needs."

City Councilor Walter Thibodeau praised Fire Chief Scott Lachance for keeping the vehicle in the area.

"He realized the value of the vehicle and how he could utilize it not only for our community but for other communities," Thibodeau said.

The vehicle is equipped with the ability to easily communicate with other departments, a generator, the Internet, six radios, six transmitters, cameras, and a weather station.

Currently one Attleboro firefighter is trained to use the command unit. North Attleboro agreed to work with Attleboro during the initial training process and training will be worked into Attleboro's current training program so that it will not incur additional expenses.


paul December 11, 2013 at 07:59 AM
Thanks for the post Patrick, this is a fine example of fleecing the American taxpayer. A truck that's almost 10 years old and has never been used is being passed along like a hand me down. What a sad joke this is, and no one has the guts to admit that both Attleboro's never needed such a truck. The citizens in North should be concerned about the way their emergency services are throwing away money. Their police department had to apply for a state grant just to help pay for the Hernandez investigation. What's next? Are the Attleboro's going to buy tanks like Boston so war games can be played? Do you Republicans feel safe yet?
Cameron Mechan December 17, 2013 at 05:19 PM
Paul, the truck was bought with a Federal grant issued to the state and a handful of them were bought and issued to departments across the state. In many instances these trucks have been a godsend at big incidents.
paul December 17, 2013 at 05:37 PM
Cameron, do you know where grant money comes from? It's tax money! No department requested one of these trucks they were just handed out? Is that what your saying? If that's true, these massive coffee break trucks are more wasteful than I originally thought. Thanks for filling us in.
Gretchen Robinson December 18, 2013 at 01:21 PM
Let's not be short-sighted. Besides, grant money often comes from foundations and businesses which seek visibility in the community. Having a high tech center in case of an emergency seems a highly sensible thing to have. Attleboro is a major transportation hub with Rt. 95, Rt. 1 and the trains running through this community.
Cameron Mechan December 18, 2013 at 01:36 PM
Yes Paul there are 6 of them throughout the state, (Attleboro, Waltham, Worcester, Greenfield, Pittsfield and Lowell) I understand that some of our taxes go to grant money but like Gretchen said, some grant money also comes from other sources. We are all entitled to our opinions paul, you may think its a waste of money i however think its a sensible use of money.
paul December 22, 2013 at 08:27 AM
There is a huge over-kill going on with some of the equipment our emergency services are using. America's most in demand police vehicle is a 16,000 pound bullet-proof tank that goes 80 mph. Dozens of these military type assault machines are being purchased by local police forces and it all started to make us safe. Are tanks a sensible use of tax money too? When does it end? These fancy "command center" trucks are a gateway to urban assault vehicles for local police departments, and many already have their tanks in place. Is there a zombie apocalypse on the way?

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