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THOR: The Next Generation of 9-1-1

THOR: The Next Generation of 9-1-1

The first truck of its kind, THOR is meant to be the Swiss Army knife of emergency preparedness vehicles. It'll roll out to an undisclosed location to coordinate police efforts during the Super Bowl.

Dallas Morning News via YellowBrix

November 23, 2010

DALLAS – Dallas police are getting a super-size security assist for the Super Bowl.

THOR is two stories high, weighs 80,000 pounds and measures 80 feet in length when fully expanded.

A multimillion-dollar, oversized, sleek, shiny black tractor trailer with emergency lights, sirens, surveillance cameras and 911 communications capabilities is being lent to the Police Department free for about 10 days around the big event.

THOR – Tactical Homeland Operational Response – is two stories high, weighs 80,000 pounds and measures 80 feet in length when fully expanded.

“This is essentially a public safety center on wheels,” said Michael Lee, vice president of the emergency responder division of Intrado, a Colorado-based emergency communications company.

Super Bowl XLV, to be played Feb. 6 at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, is the first scheduled event for which the rolling command post will be used, he said. The truck was on display for media and police Monday at Jack Evans Police Headquarters.

The inside is decked out with 911 communications consoles, flat screens and a second-floor conference room. Monday morning, one screen was tuned to CNN while the screen next to it displayed an image from a surveillance camera trained on the back of the police headquarters building.

Photos or video of the inside of the truck were forbidden, and police officials said they had yet to determine exactly how or where they would use the command center. Official Super Bowl XLV events are planned throughout North Texas.

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“We’re real excited about having a resource that’s available to us to help keep the community safe during Super Bowl events,” said Lt. Chris Aulbaugh.

Completed in April, the truck is designed largely for 911 services and communications coordination among various public safety agencies and can hold about 25 people. It won’t be used for 911 services during the Super Bowl, but Dallas police will probably use it to help coordinate communications with other area agencies.

In the future, Intrado officials envision THOR traveling the country and being used for major planned events or responses to natural disasters, Lee said.

“This is part of the next generation of 9-1-1.”


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    jakesdad

    over 3 years ago

    298 Comments

    4 day old news and this is still the headline here? Come on PL how about an update now and then.

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    DALLASCRANE

    over 3 years ago

    19382 Comments

    I was there to see it. Hard to get back far enough ti see the whole thing. It folds down to be the size of a 18 wheeler. Any more weight and it would need a special permit. Forget Dominoes THOR has it's own kitchen.........

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    LCSO_165

    over 3 years ago

    338 Comments

    And I thought the new Command Post touring the state for DUI checkpoints was awesome! Can we get one of these with a grant? Lol!

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    t1401hm

    over 3 years ago

    1754 Comments

    hmmm Can I request a marked semi. I'm not sure if this trucker is a legit officer. LOLLL

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    danchey05

    over 3 years ago

    700 Comments

    We have a Command Vehicle like this at our 911 center. It is amazing. We use it for everything from DUI checkpoints, SWAT exercises, and when we had that huge tornado not that long ago. Not only is it a great resource for officers but it is great for the dispatch center too, with two-five dispatchers on the truck it makes it easier for us at the center to operate the phones and the other agencies for the two counties we operate. A lot of people were skeptical when we first got it but as one of the fire chiefs said after the tornado "It has proved worth it's weight in gold"

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    rarebit

    over 3 years ago

    98 Comments

    Isn't the Super Bowl going to be in Arlington? What's the deal with that?

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    rarebit

    over 3 years ago

    98 Comments

    You're raise is up on that telescoping camera thing. Climb up there and get it.

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    Buettnerj

    over 3 years ago

    8 Comments

    hopefully this pays for itself and is not a waste of money... only time will tell but it is a great idea

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    eccoshoe

    over 3 years ago

    4 Comments

    Watch some meth head jack thor....

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    JDoucette780

    over 3 years ago

    52 Comments

    Also, Im sure the brass will be fighting over the leather chairs in their new toy....both 60" flat screen's tuned to the Super Bowl, Dominos Pizza guy banging on the door, while patrol is out doing their jobs without any assistance from this thing.

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    JDoucette780

    over 3 years ago

    52 Comments

    what would we have ever done without this? Use the money where its needed instead of these dick swinging contests on who can build the next bigger and shinier command vehicle

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    arroyol

    over 3 years ago

    696 Comments

    can't wait to see it in person

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    Drill_Sergeant

    over 3 years ago

    142 Comments

    I bet it's full of beer.

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    David4946

    over 3 years ago

    1326 Comments

    My New Cruiser.. On Order.. lol

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    Whalewatcher

    over 3 years ago

    11224 Comments

    Hope this "Monster Truck" is worth the price tag. I can see it being used for any future Olympics, though.

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