At the ASPCA, we know animal cruelty can happen at any time or place nationwide. That’s why our Field Investigations and Response Team (FIR) must be ready to deploy at a moment’s notice. FIR responders travel throughout the nation to assist animals in situations such as natural disasters, puppy mill raids and dog fighting busts. The FIR team recently received some exciting news: thanks to generous grants from the Joanie Bernard Foundation, Inc. and the John T. and Jane A. Wiederhold Foundation, FIR responders will now deploy in a state of the art mobile command center known as the Personnel Support and Operations Trailer.
The trailer will consist of a 13-foot Great Western tractor, a 53-foot semi-trailer and 12-foot command center—an overall length of 82 feet. It will serve as a mobile command center during FIR deployments, providing a secure planning space and vital communications equipment, including a meeting area, a satellite communications and command center and flat-screen televisions.
In the aftermath of a disaster, it is often difficult for the FIR team to find lodging in locations where their assistance is needed most. Now, FIR responders will have a comfortable and secure place to stay after strenuous days in the field. The new trailer will provide beds for 14 team members, a full kitchen and bathrooms with showers. The trailer also features holding tanks for water, a washer and dryer, heat and air conditioning. The FIR team is looking forward to utilizing the trailer in the coming weeks.
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