Maine fire marshal may get mobile command center

Posted Dec. 03, 2010, at 1:23 p.m.

AUGUSTA, Maine — An Ohio businessman hopes to donate a $150,000 mobile command center to the Maine fire marshal’s office.

Maine native Gil Blais runs a business, La Boit Inc., outside Columbus, Ohio, that builds mobile dental clinics, and spay and neuter clinics for veterinarians. After the 9//11 attacks, the company branched out into specialized mobile command posts for law enforcement agencies, as well.

Koni (COHN’-ee) Wade, La Boit’s national sales manager, says Blais is excited to be giving back to his home state. She says the donation is in honor of the parents of Blais and his wife.

The 33-foot vehicle includes four work stations, a conference room, bathroom, galley and space for storing weapons and evidence. Blais hopes to give the keys to the fire marshal early next year.