South Jersey Gas Unveils New Mobile Command Center

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On Friday, July 20th, South Jersey Gas officials revealed the latest company addition - a mobile command center.

The hub was built from the inside out starting back in October. The new unit provides employees with convenience, comfort, and resources on wheels.

“We certainly run into weather events and some emergency situations," said Dave Robbins, president of South Jersey Gas. "So we found that we did not have a mobile command center that would really help us more effectively deal with an emergency situation. This really came about from some real life situations where we had a need." 

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Employees of South Jersey Gas took a break from their desks to see the unveiling of the command center and take a tour.

“[I've] been with the company for almost 40 years [and] it’s something that we started looking into approximately four years ago and it finally came true," said Tom Harrell, senior director of Distribution and Pipeline Operations, South Jersey Gas. "It’s a big support mechanism for us as first responders in a company our size to help and protect the public."

“Our operations department [and] our procurement department ... really worked together to come up with a solution to be better first responders and more efficient when we’re faced with emergencies," said Robbins.

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The 31-foot Mobile Command Center will allow employees to provide safer service to customers in the community.

“If something happens where the lines are damaged and it can cause major outages, this is the tool that we would be using to get all of our critical information within seconds," said Harrell. "Because it’s all computerized right there at the location and it’s all the most modern technology that we can find." 

Each design element built in the unit serves a purpose to help a specific need in emergency situations on the road.

“We’ve done things like white and red LED lighting inside," said Nicole Horan, manager of administrative services, South Jersey Industries. "The red is easier on your eyes at night so you can come in and out of the trailer and not get disoriented and complete your work."

"There are four workstations," she continued. "There’s also a conference room and a large LED TV. We can watch weather patterns. We can use our network and really connect and see what we’re doing.”

After years of needing something more convenient and six months of construction, the mobile command center is officially complete and ready to hit the road whenever it is needed.

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