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Throughout the history of the California Highway Patrol (CHP), the Department has responded and provided assistance at emergency incidents ranging from traffic collisions to catastrophic events. The September 11th terrorist attacks necessitated an increased vigilance and improvement of departmental homeland security preparations and strategies. Since the terrorist attacks, the development of radio interoperability and integrated public safety communications systems has become a key goal in radio system implementation to minimize the threat to the health and safety of the public during an emergency.

In an effort to accomplish this objective, the Department identified a need for a more versatile and mobile platform to provide immediate response to emergency incidents. As a result, the Department purchased nine Chevrolet Tahoes. These vehicles were equipped and integrated with satellite, airborne video downlink, and interoperable communications equipment to allow the vehicle to perform as a mobile communications center, as well as provide internet access, satellite surveillance, and a command and control system display.

In the event local infrastructure is destroyed, the Incident Command Vehicle (ICV) will provide CHP a direct link between allied agencies and first responders, and in effect, replace a CHP office, capable of providing telephone, Internet, email, and satellite television service which will facilitate quicker response and mitigation of incidents.

The Incident Command Vehicle