Fort Davis Fire, 2011
Communications Emergency Operations Team
The Communications Service has developed a specialized unit to work in emergency, disaster or special event type operations. This unit is called the Communications Emergency Operations Team (CEOT).
The Communications Emergency Operations Manager (CEOM) and the Assistant Commander of the CEOT lead four separate units. Each unit is comprised of a unit leader (Communications Supervisor), team members (Communications Supervisors and Operators) and a radio technician and an IT specialist. CEOT units are activated as needed and may respond to any area of the state as assigned. They are under the direction of the Program Coordinator, Field Support, Public Safety Communications Service (PSCS).
CEOT units usually work in conjunction with the Emergency Communications Fleet, but can be assigned to work at other locations as needed. Membership in the CEOT is open to PSCS personnel (Communications Supervisors, Operators and radio technicians) with more than one year of service who are in good standing. In 2011, CEOT deployments included the wildfires at Fort Davis, PK Lake and Bastrop. Other deployments have included Spring Break on South Padre Island, Hurricane Alex in 2010 and Hurricanes Gustav and Ike in 2008.
Emergency Communications Fleet
Texas Command, ECV and Support Trailer
Mobile Communications Trailers
The DPS Communications Service operates a fleet of mobile communications trailers which includes a 53′ trailer, two 40′ mobile communications trailers, one 30′ mobile communications trailer, an ECV (Emergency Communications Van), a portable generator trailer.
The Mobile Command Center (Texas Command) is a 53′ semi-trailer. It is equipped with slide-outs on each side of the trailer that are 35′ in length by 5′ in width. When partnered with the ECV (Emergency Communications Van), Texas Command provides Satellite connection to the DPS Computer network, VoIP phones, fax, television, wireless internet, numerous LCD monitors, aircraft video downlinks, and radios on various law enforcement frequencies. The ECV and portable generator support Texas Command.
The two 40′ mobile and one 30′ mobile communications trailers are equipped with radios on the various law enforcement frequencies as well as a radio gateway for interconnection between the frequency bands. Satellites provide connectivity to TLETS/NLETS, TCIC/NCIC as well as the DPS Computer network, VoIP phones, fax and television for access to news and weather channels. Flat panel LCD monitors provide control of the radios and the DPS CAD (Computer Aided Dispatch) system. The trailers are equipped with a galley, restroom facilities with shower, and a briefing room with LCD computer internal and external display. Equipment is powered by on-board Diesel generators or by connection to an outside electrical power source.
Field Support Vehicles
There are nine other support trailers which are utilized as Field Support Units (FSU’s). Three 20′ trailers are designed to meet the needs of personnel assisting with medical, security and executive employees. These trailers are equipped with television, internet, radio communications and contain on-board Diesel generators.
The six other FSU’s are 10′ – 16′ cargo trailers, strategically located throughout the state, one in each region. Their mission is for an immediate response to provide communications support to any incident or disaster. They hold a cache of portable radios, satellite phones, cellular phones, mobile gateway devices, Video Teleconferencing Units (VTC), portable generators, other equipment and supplies needed for special operations. They may travel as separate units or in conjunction with the Command Trailers.