October 28, 2013
Case Study: Cambridge enhances Chile’s emergency-response capabilities
In 2010, Chile experienced a devastating earthquake and tsunami. The Chilean Government didn’t have any emergency responders in the region. Chile’s FEMA equivalent asked the U.S. Government for assistance.
Cambridge designed, integrated, tested and delivered 11 MEOCs (mobile emergency operation center vehicles) to the Chilean Government under a U.S. Army contract. Each MEOC included a vehicle equipped with GPS navigation, computer, radio and satellite communications capabilities as well as a towed trailer with a generator and external fuel tank. A meticulous methodology for quality and change-control ensured an accurate and complete delivery.
Cambridge trained Chilean personnel how to operate and maintain the MEOCs. To implement the training, Cambridge’s bilingual staff developed an operator’s manual, a maintenance guide, a preventative maintenance schedule, course presentations and course curricula.
The Chilean Government’s MEOCs, which function as independent mobile command centers, are strategically positioned in Chile for rapid deployment to disaster-stricken areas.
Doug Hunter, a Cambridge communications engineer, managed Cambridge’s MEOC work in Chile. He has more than 20 years of experience designing, installing, integrating and testing communications systems. A U.S. Air Force veteran, he speaks fluent Spanish and is a Project Management Professional (PMP) certified manager.