Reeves Incident Command Post (ICP) Dubbed “the Perfect System” at FDIC
A complete command solution for fire rescue professionals to mobilize an interoperable incident command post quickly and efficiently was on display at FDIC 2009 at the Indiana Convention Center & Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Indiana on April 23-25.
The Reeves Incident Command Post (ICP) is a unique trailer and shelter combination that allows the incident commander to establish a fully equipped interoperable incident command post through which fire rescue personnel can communicate with each other regardless of differences in equipment and hardware.
Able to be utilized for multiple purposes - from an incident command post to rehabilitation area to point of distribution (POD) center to sleeping quarters - both fire personnel and health and emergency responders at FDIC were impressed with the trailer system’s flexible design.
“The agencies that went to FDIC each had a unique need,” says Naeran Rubio, Supervisor of DHS Technologies LLC’s Communications, Advertising and Promotions department, who attended the show. “And yet many of the people who visited the ICP said it was the perfect system for their department.”
With a starting weight of less than 3,000 pounds and 18” of ground clearance, the ICP’s lightweight, aerodynamic design can easily be towed behind most vehicles, allowing for travel anywhere, including off road, as well as better gas mileage than larger command trailers.
The Reeves ICP shelter design uses the same materials as the Deployable Rapid Assembly Shelter (DRASH) system that has been used extensively by the military for more than 20 years. The shelter’s durable structure has been tested to withstand gusts of wind up to 65 mph, as well as free falling and blowing rain without intrusion of water.
Set up in minutes, the shelter also offers enough interior space to hold equipment already owned by a department or to be outfitted with such optional features as a sink and battery-operated refrigerator, as well as one of the various available interoperability packages that can be configured to meet individual customers’ needs. Optional packages include satellite communications, Internet access and an integrated command and control system.
Communication between land mobile radios, multi-channel radios, and cellular and landline phones can also be facilitated.
“The unique configuration of the system allows for interoperability between first responders, no matter what their radio bandwidth," says Reeves ICP Product Manager Mark Tallo.
Over the course of three days, FDIC drew 27,000 visitors, including fire personnel, emergency responders, health department officials and military personnel.