Fundraising for a command trailer has been fulfilled and surpassed by a $50,000 donation from Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) to the Butte County Sheriff Search and Rescue.
Last fall, Search and Rescue launched a fundraiser titled “$50,000 in 50 days” to purchase a new trailer to serve as a command center. In addition to PG&E’s donation of $50,000, the effort raised $21,000 from various organizations and individuals. Search and Rescue will use other funding to supplement the purchase of a new pickup truck to haul the trailer, for a total cost of $100,000.
The new 16-foot trailer is on order and will replace the current mobile command center, which is a 1993 ambulance obtained as surplus many years ago from Beale Air Force Base. The ambulance is small, not tall enough to stand in, and due to its age, maintenance and reliability are a concern.
The custom-built trailer will have multiple work stations, computers, communication equipment, both generator and shore power capability, heating and air conditioning, and interior and exterior lighting.
“This new trailer will provide us with a more functional mobile command center, one that can be used throughout the county to support our mission. We thank PG&E for their generous support as well as the many local businesses and families that pitched in to better position us to respond to emergencies,” said Butte County Sheriff-Coroner Kory L. Honea.
The trailer will be placed into service this spring after the communications equipment is transferred from the ambulance and new graphics are painted on the trailer.
“The disasters of last year‘s catastrophic wildfires and the Oroville Dam spillway crisis highlight the important role Butte County first responders play. PG&E is proud to support Butte Search and Rescue and will continue to partner with all Butte County first responders to help our community stay safe,” said Carl Schoenhofer, senior manager of PG&E’s North Valley Division.
PG&E’s donations are funded by shareholders and not by PG&E customers.