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City Unveils New Unified Command Vehicle

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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - The city of St. Louis has a new $848,000 Unified Command Vehicle for use by many of its departments.

Emergency Management commissioner Gary Christmann says grant money from the Urban Area Security Initiative covered the entire cost.

“It’s got a lot of complex capabilities to it so we want to make sure they know how to do it at two o’clock in the morning to be able to put this vehicle out and operational,” Christmann said, adding that city employees are being trained on how to use it.

Fire Chief Dennis Jenkerson says it will be of use at large public events such as Fair St. Louis and downtown marathons.

“It allows you to coordinate though, that’s where it’s going to help us work with the other agencies because so many things are involved when you put something together with a large event, all the players have to be there to make it run smoothly,” Jenkerson said. “We had that thing this summer where we had the bigger water leak over by BJC. It would have been ideal because we had many agencies on the scene, trying to control the hazards over there.”

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