Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

May 7, 2014

Mobile command unit: Squad donations welcomed

Bluefield Daily Telegraph

— — Kudos to the Princeton Rescue Squad for helping out the West Virginia State Police Princeton Detachment and the Princeton Police Department.

The squad donated two ambulances last week to the state police and the city police. The state police will use its ambulance as a new crime scene unit, and the city police will use their donation as a mobile command unit.

Both of the ambulances are 2009 models with more than half of their life left, according to Princeton Rescue Squad CEO Stacy Hicks.

“Here at the rescue squad we have been very blessed with the funds we need and we replace our ambulances after they get around 150,000 miles on them,” Hicks told the Daily Telegraph last week. “So they are still in good shape. We really try to work together here with the fire department, rescue squad and police department. We take care of each other.”

The donation is welcomed, and will help the West Virginia State Police, according to State Police Troop 6 Captain B.L. Mankins.

At the moment, the troopers only have an older model pick-up truck and a tow-behind vehicle, Mankins said. The ambulance will provide the detachment with a new crime scene unit that can be transported to the scene of a crime.

The same goes for the Princeton Police Department, which also had been lacking a mobile command unit.

“We are very appreciative for the wonderful gift,” Princeton Police Chief John Howell said. “We have never had anything like this as long as I have been here. It will save us a lot of money, so we don’t have to purchase a vehicle. The mobile command unit will be a huge help if there is a natural disaster and other major emergency.”

It is to good to see our local police and EMS crews working together in Mercer County to help each other. When an emergency or a disaster occurs in our region, it is imperative for our local law enforcement agencies to have all of the tools, resources and vehicles necessary to respond to such calls. The new units will go a long way in helping to meet this need.

We applaud the Princeton Rescue Squad for helping to assist their local law enforcement partners, and we congratulate the West Virginia State Police and Princeton Police Department on their receipt of these new crime scene and mobile command units.

The donations are a win-win for all involved.