N.B. unveils new mobile command post for E.M.O.

New Brunswick's Emergency Measures Organization now has the up-to-date capability to provide communications, emergency management and co-ordination anywhere in the province.

A new mobile command centre was unveiled Tuesday morning in Bathurst and replaces the previous command centre which dates back to the 1980s and is no longer reliable.

EMO director Greg MacCallum says the centre is an essential tool in assisting communities in providing efficient emergency management, and can be deployed in several situations including floods, ice storms, searches for missing persons, and train derailments.

Justice & Public Safety Minister and Bathurst-East-Nepisiguit-Saint-Isidore MLA Denis Landry says maintaining a mobile command post capability will improve the organization's capacity to assist communities and ensure reliable, interoperable communications at emergency sites throughout the province.

Landry says the centre is consistent with the government's commitment to increase preparedness for extreme weather events.

The vehicle itself is a surplus from the provincial government's fleet and was outfitted with state-of-the-art communications equipment with an investment of $150,000.

The command centre will be put to the test in a day-long, province-wide simulation on Wednesday.