Mobile Command Post
In April of 2002, the
emergency management office completed the renovation and equipping of
a mobile command post, and put the vehicle into service. In late
2001, this vehicle was acquired from the Southwestern Community School
District. The large RV-style van, originally used as a mobile
classroom for special education courses, now serves as an on-site
command post for public safety responders at the scene of major
incidents or long-term emergency events. The vehicle will be
particularly useful for incidents that last several hours or days,
such as special events, hazardous materials spills, natural disasters,
search and rescue calls, drowning recoveries, and major crime scene
investigations. The vehicle is also used to support the Grant
County Crisis Resolution Team during negotiations, tactical
operations, and other incidents. The van is used as an on-site
law enforcement headquarters for the Sheriff's Department at the
county fair, and by the Platteville Police Department during Dairy
Days. The van is also used by the emergency management
department as a mobile office to assist homeowners during times of
disaster, such as the spring 2002 Cassville flash flooding.
Communications equipment in the van includes several public safety and
amateur band mobile radios, 12 multi-channel VHF portable radios, 40
multi-channel UHF special event portable radios, a NOAA weather
receiver, cellular and landline telephones, a laptop computer, a color
printer/fax/copy machine, and a combination TV/VCR. The unit is
also equipped with a mobile weather station, rear heat and air
conditioning , a refrigerator, and a microwave.
Supplies carried on board include incident command vests and
equipment, a pass system, a volunteer accountability kit, a
neighborhood evacuation kit, crime scene investigative equipment,
chemical reference books and software,
and extra copies of all city, village, and county-wide emergency
plans. The majority of the funding necessary to outfit the van
was provided through the Grant County LEPC, and most of the radio and
computer equipment was purchases through hazardous materials
preparedness grant funding.
Click here for a virtual tour of the mobile command post.
2004 3/4 ton
department's suburban is used by the emergency management director to
respond to emergency scenes, and carries a stockpile of equipment and
emergency plans used to coordinate an emergency response effort.
The suburban is also used to pull mass casualty, decontamination,
technical rescue, and operational support trailers in response to
major events as well as during training.
The suburban is equipped with several public safety-band radios, and
also carries a cache of spare portable radios for use at emergency
scenes and special events.
Since the suburban is needed to pull disaster trailers and needs to be
available for emergency response, it is rarely taken outside of Grant
County. The suburban was purchased in 2004 with a federal grant.
Crown Victoria Interceptor
vehicle is generally driven by the deputy director, and serves as the
administrative vehicle in our fleet. It is used for the everyday
functions of our office, primarily for the purposes of traveling to
the various communities to work on emergency plans, conduct training,
or coordinate disaster exercises. This vehicle
is also used for department staff to travel to the many out-of-town
meetings we must attend, held in Madison and other areas of the state.
The vehicle is equipped with public-safety radio equipment, a cell
phone, a cache of incident command supplies and copies of our most
important emergency response plans and resource directories.
States/Freightliner Heavy Rescue Truck
Soon!). Our department has ordered and will soon take delivery
of a 20' non-walk in heavy rescue truck from Central States Fire
Apparatus. The truck will be used by the Southwestern Wisconsin
Regional Technical Rescue Team to transport team members and equipment to
the scene of emergencies. The truck is scheduled for delivery in
May or June of 2005.
The truck will be equipped with an on-board air supply and fill
station, a 25KW generator, portable scene lighting, an extending
roof-mounted light tower, and specially designed compartments to hold
the various rescue tools and equipment used by the team. It is
built on a 4-door Freightliner chassis, and will have seating for a
driver and SCBA seats for four passengers.
The $213,000 vehicle was funded by a homeland security regional teams
grant through the state Office of Justice Assistance.
This trailer is presently
being used by the Southwest Wisconsin Regional Technical Rescue Team
to house their equipment until the heavy rescue truck is completed, in
summer of 2005. The trailer is a 16' United Cargo dual-axle
trailer, with numerous upgrades such as a rubberized floor, fiberglass
walls, interior lighting, and exterior floodlights. A generator
will be added to the tongue of the trailer in 2005.
Equipment carried on the trailer includes a full compliment of rope
rescue and confined space equipment, as well as necessary equipment
for responding to collapse rescue and trench rescue incidents.
High & low angle rescue equipment carried on board the trailer
includes sections of 3/4" rescue rope (2-600', 2-350', 2-200' 2-150'),
harnesses, pulleys and rigging hardware, a stokes basket, webbing,
harnesses, and safety equipment. Confined space equipment
includes a collapsible tripod, ventilation equipment, air line
respirators, gas monitors, and extrication devices. Heavy rescue
equipment includes high pressure rescue airbags, low pressure rescue
cushions, a pneumatic rescue strut kit, and a full compliment of heavy
duty power tools, saws, air nailers, and hand tools for trench and
collapse rescue response.
When the technical rescue team moves in to their new truck, this
trailer will be reassigned as a third mass-casualty trailer deployed
in northern Grant County.
Materials Response/Decontamination Trailers
office has acquired and distributed three hazardous materials
response/decontamination trailers, which are operated by fire
departments in Grant County. These trailers are housed by the
Boscobel, Lancaster, and Cuba City Fire Departments, and carry
specialized equipment to be used to protect firefighters from
hazardous chemicals, and to decontaminate people who have been exposed
to dangerous substances.
In 2005, it is anticipated that Grant County will form a hazardous
materials team made up of firefighters from various departments
throughout the county. The trailers will serve to support the
hazardous materials team, and to ensure that necessary equipment is
distributed throughout the county, to ensure a quick and adequate
These trailers were funded 100% through federal homeland security
office has acquired and distributed two medical response trailers
(also referred to as "mass casualty trailers"), to be used by
emergency medical providers at emergency scenes where a large number
of people have been injured.
The trailer delivers necessary emergency supplies to the scene of an
emergency, to treat and stabilize patients until enough ambulances can
arrive on scene to transport all of the injured. The equipment
on the trailer augments what is already carried on ambulance, and
includes backboards, cervical immobilization devices, oxygen, trauma
dressings, burn dressings, and basic critical care supplies (airway
management kits, bag valve masks, etc). The trailers also carry
additional personal protective equipment for medical responders, such
as latex-free medical gloves, goggles, and N95 Masks.
Likely incidents that could occur in this area that would necessitate
these trailers might include a school bus accident, a tornado, a
nursing home evacuation/fire, or a multi-car crash on a foggy day,
perhaps on the newly expanded 4-lane highway 151. Less likely
but possible scenarios include explosions, a building collapse, a
plane crash, or a school shooting/attack. Anywhere large
gatherings of people occur (racetracks, fairgrounds, sporting events,
etc) leave the possibility for a large number of people to be injured
in an accident.
One of the trailers will be housed in Lancaster, and the second will
be housed with a department in Southern Grant County. A third
trailer will eventually be added, and housed in Northern Grant County.
Our department's support
trailer is used to carry basic emergency supplies to the scene of an
emergency that will last several hours or more. Support
equipment such as tables, chairs, E-Z up shelters, signage, traffic
direction cones and equipment, tarps, extension cords, and barricade
tape are carried in the trailer.
Equipment to support emergency responders and volunteers, such as
coolers, soda, bottled water, flashlights, rain gear, coffee makers,
roasters/food warmers, and many other items are also carried on the
The trailer also contains equipment that would be used to set up a
fixed emergency operations center in a city that was impacted by an
event, such as a tornado. This equipment includes office
supplies, a portable copy machine, a fax machine, a multi-line
telephone switchboard system, volunteer coordination supplies,
donations management supplies, and base-station radio communications
year, Midwest Motorsports of Kieler loans a brand new Jet Ski
to our department through a special public-safety loan program.
With it's ease of maneuverability as well as the ability to operate in
extremely shallow water, the Jet Ski is an excellent tool for use by
the dive-rescue team to shuttle personnel and equipment, as well as
for searching along shore lines and banks. It was also used in summer
of 2004 to assess flood damage to cabins in the Mississippi River
Floodplain that were in areas too shallow to access by our other
The emergency management office maintains
several trailer-mounted generators to supply backup or emergency power
as needed. The generators include a 25KW trailer-mounted diesel
generator, a 15KW trailer mounted gas generator, and (2) 5KW gas
generators pre-loaded on a trailer. Several very large crank-up
5,000 watt light towers are also maintained by our office, and wired
to work with our 5KW generators.
office maintains a stockpile of approximately 25,000 sandbags that are
available free of charge to local municipalities on an emergency basis
(local authorities may in turn make them available to Grant County
residents at no charge). Additional sandbags are available on
short notice from a variety of sources, such as Wisconsin Emergency
Management, the Army Corps of Engineers, and private-sector vendors.
Several municipalities, such as the Village of Cassville, also
maintain a small stockpile of sandbags.
Equipment Available to Our Department
The Grant County Sheriff's
Office maintains two boats, which in addition to law enforcement uses
are also available to the technical rescue team and dive team.
The primary boat, a fiberglass-hull "skooter", can operate in
relatively shallow water, and has a large deck that is ideally suited
to supporting dive operations on the Mississippi and Wisconsin Rivers.
The secondary boat is a 10-foot flat-bottom aluminum boat with a 25HP
Deere Gator 4x4 ATV
Grant County Sheriff's Office maintains a John Deere Gator for use
during search and rescue incidents, special events, off-road
investigations, and many other occasions where such a vehicle is
necessary due to the terrain. The vehicle is available to the
emergency management office, technical rescue team, and dive team when
circumstances require an ATV to transport personnel or equipment to