Doomsday prepper donates equipment to WPFD
Doomsday Prepper Lucas Cameron with from left, Derrick Layman, Chad Hubbard and Chad Cotter of the White Pine Fire Department show of a rover and solar panel he recently gave for the town’s benefit.
White Pine’s emergency services are getting a little more advanced thanks to the efforts of resident, Lucas Cameron, who is also known as the “Doomsday Prepper” after his appearance on the now-cancelled National Geographic Show.
Cameron was supposed to be featured again on the third season of “Doomsday Preppers” but the network cancelled before production on his episode was complete.
However he was able to keep some of the products and materials he was going to feature in his shoot as well as receive perks from sponsors to help out his community.
On Tuesday, Cameron donated a solar energy charge station and a rescue ground rover drone to the White Pine Fire Department.
He is now working on getting a portable solar charge station for EMS ambulances to use in emergency situations.
The rover can go 100 feet into an obstruction, allowing firefighters to see what’s ahead of them before they enter a high risk environment. The rover has night vision and can even transfer audio, making communication possible in a rescue situation. The rover is also entirely operable by a firefighter’s smartphone.
Fire Chief Chad Cotter said the rover will be great for hazmat situations, possible meth busts and search and rescue situations.
“The possibilities will be endless. This is something we never could have offered on our own. It will be a huge resource and could even save lives,” Cotter said.
The solar panel is an 18-volt plug and go and can provide enough power to generate continuous electricity for the truck its attached to.
Cotter said the panel will help to offset costs on the trucks that the department can use to help purchase new truck equipment.
Earlier in the summer, Cameron gave the White Pine Police Department a miniature drone plane that performs similar to the rover but in the air.
The police department can fly it into areas to scope out a scene before entering into a potential dangerous situation.
Cotter, who is also a detective for the town, said the drone is invaluable, and would have made a big impact on a shootout earlier in the year had they had the equipment.
“It’s a dream to have the drone. It can be our eyes and see things that we otherwise wouldn’t be able to,” Cotter said.
Cameron said if a worst case scenario ever occurred, the town would be more equipped to respond with alternative power sources he’s helped to provide.
Cameron’s also working on building a more complex solar power source that will be mobile and transferable to different buildings, like a family practice office for medical treatment in a disaster.
He is also hoping to soon receive a water purification machine that uses reverse osmosis to make creek water drinkable.
Being a prepper is about having the ability to protect and provide for your family in a crisis situation, Cameron said.
“What drives me to do all this is knowing that whenever the hard times come, nobody’s coming to help you (speaking of disaster aid like FEMA). They won’t have to, I’ll be ready myself,” Cameron said.
Cameron said after family, community is just as important, which is why he worked hard to make sure his community received benefits from the show.
Cameron helped start and is a member of White Pine’s Community Emergency Response Team.
“Having a community prepared can soften the blow of a disaster, prevent chaos and keeps everyone safe,” Cameron said.
-By Chris Phipps, Tribune Staff Writer