BOUNTIFUL It's nice when a neighbor helps out. Holly Oil, owner of the Holly Woods Cross Refinery, handed over a $200,000 check recently as part of a larger donation, which will be complete in 2009.
The Dallas-based corporation had instructed its local managers to look for ways to donate to the community, said Lynn Keddington, general manager of the refinery.
Around the same time, the five police chiefs in southern Davis County were looking for someone to help them purchase a 42-foot mobile command unit, said Bountiful Police Chief Tom Ross.
Thanks to Holly's donation of $200,000 last week, the South Davis Metro Fire Agency, which is run by the five south Davis cities and Davis County, can order the command vehicle, which will be custom-built for the police agencies. Holly will make another $200,000 donation when the vehicle arrives in Bountiful, where it will be stored and maintained.
Ross said the new command vehicle couldn't come too soon.
In the past week, police agencies responded to two barricade incidents and a welfare check in North Salt Lake that ended in a search and rescue operation east of Bountiful in the mountains.
"On a weekly basis, we have a need for a vehicle like this," Ross said.
During the summer, there were hazardous-materials incidents, major accidents, SWAT operations and searches for lost children, all of which can require officers from many jurisdictions, Ross said.
The command center vehicle can be used by any of the police chiefs at any time for incident response or for training, he said.
Some of the new vehicle's features will include providing backup communications, digital satellite connection, computer system with wireless network, weather station, military-grade camera system with thermal and night vision on a 42-foot mast and eight radio-dispatch workstations.
Keddington said he's proud of partnering with the community and said emergency responders sometimes train at the refinery and attend safety courses for refinery employees.
Donating money for an incident command vehicle makes sense, Keddington said, because many of his employees live in southern Davis County.Officials expect the vehicle to arrive in early 2009.