Deployable Equipment

Snohomish DEM maintains a number of resources that can be deployed during an incident.

DEM10 Photo
DEM-10 is a mobile communications vehicle on an ambulance chassis with amateur, public safety and commercial radios. It includes an ACU-1000 interoperability device used for patching radio channels and a laptop to run the patching software and record video from the aircraft video downlink. There is also a satellite phone, 800MHz handheld radio and a number of FRS radios available for loan. It can also provide power via a 1000watt Honda generator stored on board.
COM1 Photo
COM1/COM2 are nearly identical 34’ coaches designed as mobile command and communications vehicles. The front contains four operator stations with PCs and SNOPAC/SNOCOM CAD access and VHF and 800MHz radios. Position 4 has an amateur radio station with VHF/UHF and 220 radios. An ACU-1000 provides the ability to patch channels as needed. There is cellular and satellite Internet access with Wi-Fi on board and printer/fax and network storage device. Phone is available via satellite or cellular service and fax available via cellular. Two cameras are mounted on a 40’ pneumatic mast with satellite TV and aircraft video downlink all constantly recorded to a DVR. Seven TVs around the vehicle can display PC screens, any of the video sources or broadcast television. The middle of the vehicle has a small refrigerator, microwave and coffee maker. The back of the vehicle has a small conference room.

The Mobile EOC (MEOC) in a 20’ trailer designed to allow DEM to evacuate their current facilities and setup operations in any large room. The MEOC contains printers, laptops, supplies, wired and wireless networking equipment for computers and IP phones. There is a satellite connection that provides Internet and phone services and a NAS that has a copy of all the DEM forms and data from the County DEM S: drive. The aft area has some storage cabinets and a countertop with an 800 radio, VHF radio and amateur dual-band (2m/70cm) radio. The forward compartment has tables, chairs, portable awnings and two Honda 2000 watt generators. If the MEOC is not being used for DEM continuation of operations (COOP), it can be used as a volunteer registration center or as an EOC for another agency.
Mobile Highway Sign

Two mobile highway signs include AM broadcast band highway advisory radios on 600kHz and an MP3 player used to play the broadcast audio.   The sign message can be changed from a keyboard locked inside the unit and an outgoing audio message is installed via an MP3 file on a thumb drive.  The units are solar powered and contain two large banks of batteries on board for a nearly infinite run time.  This makes them quite heavy and must be pulled with a large vehicle that has a pintle hitch.
Dual band cache

The radio room has ten 800 MHz handheld radios and 40 VHF/UHF ham/land mobile cache radios.  There is also a selection of about 20 headsets and 10 speaker mikes in addition to two 6 gang chargers for the dual band radios.
Portable Kits

The radio room has two portable radio kits in rolling cases and a separate case with wire antennas, coax, twine for hanging antennas, instructions, notebook and pens. The kits include a Yaesu FT-897 for HF-UHF and an Icom IC-880 dual band mobile for FM and DSTAR. The Yaesu has a Signal Link USB and the Icom has a TNC-X for Winlink support.

There is also a portable VHF repeater on the DEM land mobile frequency (154.055/158.850) pair in a rolling case. It can operate at 30 watts output on AC power or external DC and 8 watts on the internal battery. A separate bag contains a tripod, coax and vertical antenna.