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Resizing our command centre equipment package for quicker deployment

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Resizing our command centre equipment package for quicker deployment

A command centre package is usually stored in a 20-foot container, but OSRL has recently installed the package in a fully contained, highly transportable trailer (with dimensions of 4.78 (L) x 2.1 (W) x 2.05 (H) metres and a gross weight of 1800 kilograms) to enable faster deployment during a spill incident.

During a response, a command centre is used to establish vital satellite communications in remote locations, and includes ship-to-shore marine VHF radios, power generation and shelter for the on-site Command Team.

The new, compact Command Trailer has a detachable telescopic mast to allow communications to be initially established at the back of the trailer whilst the command tent is being erected. This allows for a communications channel to be established more quickly during an incident.  The Command Trailer provides a fully customisable communications package and specifications can be tailored to meet individual member requirements. 

On September 4, OSRL field tested the command package by deploying the trailer in New Forest National Park, near Southampton, in order to ensure the smooth operation of the command centre. 

What’s in OSRL’s Command Trailer?

The Command Trailer provides a fully contained communications capability contained in three boxes:

  • Communications box including:
    • 3 x Thuraya satellite phones
    • 2 x explorer 500 terminals
    • 4 x VHF radio handset
    • 1 x VHF base station
  • Two command tent ancillary’s boxes.

The Honda 5 generator, tent air compressor and rapid response tent are placed in easy to access positions to proved ease to the deployment.

The rapid inflatable command tent is a large structure measuring 6m in width and 8m in length providing space and flexibility when establishing a Command Centre.

 

The Command Trailer was despatched to a member location in West Africa in October 2015. OSRL is currently researching further enhancements for follow-on units, which can be tailored to suit the requirements of individual members.