AT&T provides communications and community support in wake of Detwiler Fire
AT&T Deploys Mobile Cell Site and Customer Support to Help Keep Communications Flowing at Command Site
MARIPOSA, CA, July 19, 2017 — AT&T* deployed its Emergency Response Team to assist first responders, and members of the community who have been evacuated from their homes due to the Detwiler Fire. AT&T has deployed a mobile cell site called Satellite Cell on Light Truck (or Sat COLT) to the Mariposa County Fairgrounds to provide communications support at the Detwiler Fire Command Site. The location is hosting Cal Fire first responders, who are leading the Detwiler fire response. The wildfire has burned more than 45,000 acres of forest land so far in the western edge of Yosemite National Park near the town of Mariposa.
AT&T’s Sat COLT provides enhanced cellular service in the deployment area, and is targeted to support those working in the command site to help keep communications flowing. As a self-contained mobile cell site, a Sat COLT can be quickly set up to replace lost capacity from a damaged permanent site, or as in this case, provide supplemental cellular capacity to an area experiencing an increase in demand. The deployment is being staffed by AT&T’s California Field Operations team members.
In addition, AT&T’s Emergency Response Team is on site at the two evacuation sites listed below to provide charging stations, and water, as well as phones and tablets for people to use on site to reach out to their loved ones.
- Sierra Presbyterian Church: 39696 Hwy 41 Oakhurst, CA
- Mountain Christian Center: 40299 Hwy 49 Oakhurst, CA
AT&T has invested nearly $7.2 billion in our California wireless and wired networks during 2014-2016. These investments drive a wide range of upgrades to reliability, coverage, speed and overall performance for residents and businesses. They also improve critical services that support public safety and first responders.
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