NSP Receives New Mobile Command Post from Federal Partners


The Nebraska State Patrol (NSP) is proud to unveil a new vehicle that will be utilized in several ways to keep Nebraska safe. The vehicle was donated to NSP by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Radiological Security (ORS). The new mobile command post will be stationed in North Platte.

“This generous donation by our partners at the Department of Energy will benefit the people of Nebraska for years to come,” said Colonel John Bolduc, Superintendent of the Nebraska State Patrol. “This mobile outreach unit will help NSP spread potentially life-saving training related to radiological incidents. It will also be available to respond to any number of critical situations across western Nebraska and serve as a mobile command post.” 

The vehicle is one of two donated to NSP by ORS. The other vehicle, a mobile response trailer, will be based in Lincoln. Both are equipped to function as a mobile unit for a variety of purposes, from hosting training sessions to responding to a major disaster. The unit unveiled Thursday is equipped with full internet connectivity, several TV screens which can display sources such as live drone or dash cam video, and can seat approximately 10 people as a mobile office.

The Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration’s (DOE/NNSA) Office of Radiological Security enhances global security by preventing high-activity radioactive materials from being used in acts of terrorism and works with partners to respond quickly and effectively to incidents of radiological theft. Radioactive materials are used worldwide to diagnose and treat diseases such as cancer, sterilize medical instruments and food, and monitor the structural integrity of materials and industrial processes. The same material that supports peaceful purposes, if not adequately protected, poses a risk to the safety and security of our Nation. 

“Radiological situations can be extremely dangerous if responders aren’t prepared appropriately,” said Sgt. Brad Wagner, NSP Coordinator to the Nebraska Hazardous Incident Team. “This partnership with ORS will help NSP share critical information with partner agencies about how to address a situation in which radiological material may be lost or stolen.”

ORS has partnered with Nebraska State Patrol (NSP) to bring this awareness to public safety agencies across Nebraska. With ORS providing technical assistance and donating equipment, such as this mobile outreach vehicle, trailer, and training video, NSP is now able to establish and implement its own tailored training program on radioactive material theft response. A response force capable of responding to a radiological theft event in a timely manner is vital to a successful radiological security strategy.