Volunteers and members of the Yavapai County Sheriff's Response Team donated a smaller remote command vehicle to the Yavapai County Sheriff's Office after they heard about the need for one that could be used in areas too small for full-size command vehicles to navigate.
Five members of YCSRT donated $5,000 and more than 700 hours of time to completely upgrade the 1984 U.S. Army Chevrolet 4x4 utility cargo vehicle, with 10,000 original miles, bought from Crown King Fire, said Dwight D'Evelyn, spokesman for the Yavapai County Sheriff's Office. YCSO Search and Rescue Commander Lt. Marc Schmidt coordinated the project.
Ron and Patty Greene of Downtown Paint and Body at 578 Miller Valley Road in Prescott donated bodywork and the paint job to make the transformation complete, D'Evelyn said.
There have been several recent incidents where YCSO command vehicles, which are the size of an average motor home, could not access parts of the county because of terrain obstacles, D'Evelyn said. The new RCV solves this problem, he said.
The working area of the remote command vehicle has custom desks and seating areas, all new radios provided by Yavapai County Emergency Management, a complete electrical system, including a generator and standard AC power, and all required National Management System documents, D'Evelyn said.
Wi-Fi capability for computers and communication gear will be added soon, D'Evelyn said.