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Mobile fuel pod to be used in Howard County operations, emergency responses

A new mobile fuel pod will be used throughout Howard County to transport fuel during emergency responses, County Executive Allan Kittleman announced Wednesday, as an effort to support routine county operations.

A new mobile fuel pod will be used throughout Howard County to transport fuel during routine operations and emergency responses, County Executive Allan Kittleman announced Wednesday.

Purchased using federal Homeland Security Grant Program funds, the 2,500-gallon cylindrical white pod, or tank, is divided into two sections—one 1,700 gallons and another 800 galloons—to allow operators to simultaneously transport both diesel and gasoline to areas in need of fuel. The pod costs roughly $64,800.

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"We really saw the need to have backup fuel supplies during Superstorm Sandy in 2012," Director of Emergency Management Ryan Miller said in a statement provided by the county. "Since then, we've worked to fill that gap in our ability to respond. Many gas stations do not have backup power, but with the fuel pod we can keep equipment and operations running and have supplies where they are needed."

County officials said operators, including the Department of Environmental Services and Howard County fire and rescue, can use "hook trucks" to lift the pod onto vehicles and carry it to any destination for fuel supply. The Alpha Ridge Landfill has been using the pod to fuel Department of Public Works vehicles, the county stated, while the nearest fuel station is out of service. The pod can also be used for smaller tasks, such as refueling emergency generators.

To watch a video of Howard County's fuel pod, go to https://youtu.be/KI9_crHkCj0.

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