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Sheriff's office unveils new mobile command post

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YAKIMA, Wash.-- The Yakima Sheriff's Office unveiled a new emergency response tool today, and it comes in the form of a $250,000 vehicle. That big price tag brings a big upgrade with it.

The mobile command post will be home base for search and rescue missions. The one YSO had been using up until today is over 30 years old and it's not very big. The new post has separate rooms for planning and communications, as well as new communications equipment. The sheriff's office says the extra space will make search and rescue missions more effective.  This new command post was certainly not in the YSO budget. Volunteers raised $63,000 over the last 15 years, and Legends Casino chipped in another $200,000.

"It's been a long, extensive program, especially for the volunteers of the search and rescue organization, to get this truck and get it on the ground and make it operational," Sgt. Judd Towell says.

"It's not just shine, it's equipment upgrades... It's a professional environment for our volunteers to work in," explains Sheriff Ken Irwin.

Volunteers raised the money through grants from local businesses including Legends Casino and the Yakima Valley Credit Union. The sheriff's office says the old command center will be a back up.