Working closely with senior FDNY commanders, The Leary Firefighters Foundation determined that the most immediate way to help the department address the challenges of the post-9/11 public safety mandate was through the purchase of a Mobile Command Center (MCC). Designed and developed by top industry professionals according to the specifications of ranking FDNY commanders, this state-of-the-art emergency management vehicle was deployed on July 19, 2004 at a press conference in Rockefeller Center.
The MCC features full audio and video capabilities for communication between city agencies, a computer network, exterior surveillance cameras, two 40-inch LCD flat panel monitors and a 42-foot pneumatic camera mast, all linked to a video monitoring and recording system which will enable communications and tactical officers to examine changing conditions during an emergency.
During the 2004 Republican National Convention, the MCC was stationed outside Madison Square Garden monitoring conditions around the clock and in the future will be utilized for remote command at major incidents as a visible point-of-contact for communications between FDNY, NYPD, and OEM, as well as media and local officials, and as a staging area at parades and major sporting and entertainment events. In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, the MCC traveled with FDNY Incident Commanders deployed to assist the stricken area and played a critical role in establishing and supporting communication among the relief workers.