Columbia County EMA secured the Mobile Operations Center (MOC) in 2004, thanks to a GEMA/Office of Homeland Security grant. Since that time, the MOC has deployed to provide vital communications during emergencies, including a two day search for a drowned victim in 2005 at Thurmond Lake, an all-day training for the Georgia Fire Academy in McDuffie County in 2006, a three-day deployment to Jefferson County following a devastating tornado that destroyed communication their links in March 2008, a National Security Exercise on Fort Gordon in 2011, and a drowning at Fort Gordon in 2012 to name a few.
The Columbia County Mobile Operations Center and Staff are dedicated to providing radio communications interoperability among multiple agencies/disciplines and others who use radio communications on a daily basis as well as a command and control platform for incident commanders to coordinate efforts when responding to an incident. It is our goal to provide those who request the Mobile Operations Center with the tools they need to conveniently and effectively communicate across most modes of communications as well as expected communications methods such at Telephone and Email/Internet even when area communications have been compromised.
The MOC is fully staffed and operated by EMA staff and 19 highly skilled volunteers, known as the MOC Team. The MOC Team continues to work hard to maintain updates to and improve the communication and radio systems, including but not limited to, the satellite system, installing the latest interoperability module to provide better usage of phone to radio communications, upgrading two-way radios, upgrading the computer network for powered devices, upgraded the desktops, notebooks and servers, and also installed a new PBX server completely configurable for specific deployments. Routine operation and testing continue as well as extensive training for the MOC Team, as well as other agencies/disciplines with the 24-county region covered by the MOC.
Cities and counties in GEMA Area 3 are encouraged to enter into an Agreement with us in the event of a need for MOC deployment to your community. Having these Agreements on file will assure a speedy response. Below are the links to the Agreements. Just complete, sign and return the originals to Columbia County EMA, Post office Box 498, Evans, Georgia 30809.