MERRAG owns and operates a special purpose mobile communications van. The van is known by the acronym MERV, The MERRAG Emergency Response Vehicle. MERV is designed to function as a district wide communications hub should the normal communications dispatch center fail. MERV is equipped with high-power radios that enable communications between the MERRAG two-way radio system, The Montecito Fire District radio system, and the various radio systems of the City and County of Santa Barbara.

MERV is further equipped with a generator, solar cell, and batteries to provide it with its own mobile emergency power for up to 72 hours. Additionally, MERV is air conditioned and serves as a respite for weary firefighters.

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