Emmerson Endowment Donates Incident Response Vehicle to APD

See the Arcata Police Department's new Incident Response Vehicle October 8.

City of Arcata



The Orvamae Emmerson Endowment has gifted the Arcata Police Department  an approximately $370,000 high-tech commercial grade public safety vehicle.  The new vehicle was designed to be used as the police department's "Critical Incident Response Vehicle."  The Orvamae Emmerson Endowment is administered through the Humboldt Area Foundation

The citizen's of Arcata and the North Coast Region will greatly benefit from the Critical Incident Response Vehicle.  An example of our area's susceptibility to the natural dangers of living on the North Coast was the 2005/2006 winter storms.  High winds, excessive rainfall and extensive flooding caused damage and downed utilities and isolated our community.  This was recently reinforced by the tsunami event generated by the devastating 2011 earthquake in Japan.  While Arcata was missed by the ensuing tsunami threat, the reality of our area's vulnerability was made abundantly clear.  These events plus our area's ever present earthquake danger and geographical isolation demonstrated our need for improved disaster preparedness and the need to increase our City's self sufficiency.

The Arcata City Council has identified emergency management, planning and preparation as a "high priority project."  The Arcata Police Department is charged with the tremendous responsibility of ensuring the citizens of our community are provided with the highest functioning public safety during the most difficult and dire of times including natural disasters, emergencies and other critical incidents.  With lessons learned from emergency events, coupled with the city council's directive, the police department began working towards the purchase of a mobile emergency/command type vehicle that could be used during a wide range of critical incidents.  This includes the ability to function even when structures and utilities have been compromised and outside assistance is not available to help our community.  Through extensive research and a collaborative effort with the community, all while preventing the use of tax payer dollars, this project has come to fruition.

The Critical Incident Response Vehicle is a 36 foot-long Freightliner truck with a customized state-of-the-art work center built upon the vehicle's chassis.  The work center includes a multi-purpose conference room, multi-seat dispatch center, restroom and galley.  The vehicle includes state-of the-art communications and technology systems which allow public safety to operate independently and sufficiently no matter what emergency is being faced.  The vehicle was constructed by MBF Industries in Sanford, Florida.

The public is invited to see the Critical Incident Response Vehicle up close at the Arcata Fire Department's open house on Saturday, October 8 at the Downtown station located at 9th and F Streets.  The open house is from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The Critical Incident Response Vehicle will be a valuable and much needed resource to ensure the overall safety and well-being of our citizens and community.  We anticipate the vehicle being a resource to our  other local jurisdictions.  Police Chief Tom Chapman stated, "Public safety is a community effort.  We're all in this together and when a disaster strikes we all need to work side by side to get through it successfully.  I must ensure that we have done everything possible to be the most prepared and best equipped when that time comes."

All of this would not be possible if it were not for the incredible generosity and support of the Orvamae Emmerson Endowment.  The City of Arcata is extremely grateful and appreciative to Orvamae Emmerson and the legacy she left behind and through her endowment--the community she helps build into the future.

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For additional information, please contact:

Lieutenant Ryan Peterson


Or the On-Duty Watch Commander


Arcata Police Department


(707) 822-2428


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