When the United States Forestry Service called for wireless service back up, Verizon Wireless’ Significant Event Response Term (SERT) responded with additional cell phones and equipment that increased wireless coverage for emergency crews battling the Cold Springs fire.
The company deployed a temporary mobile cell site called a COLT (Cell on Light Truck) to the remote area. A COLT is a self-contained mobile cell site designed specifically for rapid and short-term network response. It enhances wireless coverage so that Verizon Wireless customers and emergency personnel can make more calls, send more messages and download information.
A COLT mobile cell site, 50 wireless phones, and 20 wireless Internet access devices were dispatched on July 18, 2008.
Near Trout Lake, Washington for the Cold Springs fire in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest.
Verizon Wireless deploys mobile cell sites -- or boosts the call-handling capacity of existing sites -- to enhance its network when there is a natural disaster or other unplanned event. In the past year, Verizon Wireless has deployed mobile cell sites and other equipment to more than a dozen wildfire incidents around the country. Additionally, the company has provided more than 750 wireless phones with service to aid public safety officials and others.
Verizon Wireless invested more than $106 million in its Washington network in 2007. The company’s ongoing network investment now totals more than $785 million in Washington and $45 billion nationally since the company was formed eight years ago.
In addition to its fleet of mobile equipment, Verizon Wireless’ reputation as the nation’s most reliable network is supported by industry-leading redundancy and maintenance measures. This has proven particularly valuable during natural disasters and other emergencies across the country.
Standard Verizon Wireless network-reliability features include battery back-up power at all facilities as well as generators installed at all switching facilities and many cell site locations.
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