CoCo County firefighters get new mobile command unit for 4th of July weekend

MARTINEZ, Calif. (KGO) -- A new mobile command center for firefighters in the East Bay is making its Fourth of July debut this holiday weekend.

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The new rig is one of the most sophisticated mobile command centers out there. It's packed with tech, giving commanders at the Contra Costa Fire Protection District a constant stream of images and data, even telling them which way the wind is blowing.

The chief can run the center from an iPad. The Fourth of July will be its first real test.

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"We've got the ability to communicate by satellite in there, we've got the ability to look at different things, the mast that you see that's extended there has cameras on it with high definition and lower definition so we can look at things very close and very far away," Robert Marshall with the Contra Costa County Fire Department said.

That mast can also connect with drones and other aircraft working an emergency situation.

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