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Emergency Services SUV Conversions

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Emergency Services SUV Conversions

Emergency Services SUV Conversions are a major sector in the Emergency Services Industry. In the past, sedans were the most common Law Enforcement Vehicle but lately with the raise of the Sports Utility Vehicle it has become much more common and almost every department in the country has an SUV in its fleet. When buying and SUV and upfitting it for Emergency Service it takes a professional Up-fitter and someone who understands the equipment list that goes into to creating an emergency services vehicle.

emergency services vehicle conversions

emergency services vehicle conversions

Types of Emergency Services SUV Conversions

There are many types of Emergency Services SUV conversions. Below is a list of just a few common mission that Sports Utility Vehicles are used when creating an Emergency Services Vehicle. Most Sports commercial Sports Utility Vehicles like Dodge Durango and Ford Explorers can be converted to Emergency Service Vehicles but there are some like the Ford Police Interceptor that are built specifically for the job of Law Enforcement.

  • Emergency Medical / Advanced Life Support
    • Patient Transport
  • Fire and Rescue
    • Fire Chief Vehicles
    • Battalion Chief Vehicles
    • Fire Investigation Vehicles
    • Water Rescue
  • Law Enforcement
    • Community Patrol
    • Highway Patrol
  • Crime Scene Investigations

Emergency Medical Vehicle Conversions

Emergency medical is slightly different fro the other service sectors with regards to the types of cabinet systems they need to perform their duty’s.  They need a place to store their equipment for all kinds of medical emergencies and many times have to transport patients and administer medications.  These require special cabinet systems that allow for the transport of patient and / or keep medication at a stable temperature.

Emergency Services / Law Enforcement Cabinets

Emergency Services and Law enforcement cabinets are usually thought of as cabinets being used by local police departments for emergency services, Sedan and SUV conversions. These cabinets range from a simple one drawer weapons locker to a full sized command cabinets. These cabinet systems can be used for many types of mission including Emergency Medical and Fire and Rescue. For Law Enforcement – they can used command boards and files draws but they also use weapons lockers.

Law Enforcement Weapons Lockers

Law Enforcement have to safely and securely transport weapons and ammunition and the best way to do that is with a weapons locker built specifically for the job. These types of drawer systems will only vary slightly depending on the particular vehicle it is going in. Most are full width of the back cab or trunk but these systems can be changed to store the weapons long ways when Some vehicles require a platform or mounting brackets when installing a cabinet and some vehicles do not.

A command cabinet system has many more components in it than a single drawer unit. A command cabinet system has a command board and plenty of storage for equipment and other incidentals. Some command cabinets can include a weapons drawer if the customer specs require such. The beauty of a cabinet system is that it can be as custom as you want or as simple and standard as you want.

Law Enforcment Vehicle Weapons Drawer

Law Enforcement Vehicle Weapons Drawer

Fire Rescue Vehicle Conversion

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Fire & Rescue Vehicle Conversion

Fire Command Cabinet

Fire Command Cabinet

There are many types of chassis that can be converted into Fire & Rescue Vehicles.    Below are just some of the types of specialty conversion vehicles that are used in the Fire and Rescue sector.  These vehicle can be Sports Utility, Sedan, Pickup Trucks, Sprinters or Utility vehicles. Getting the right vehicle for the mission is an important step in the emergency vehicle conversion process.

Fire & Rescue Vehicle Conversion Missions

Your fire and rescue vehicle can be used for many different uses.  The vehicle can be used for a fire chief conversion, Hazmat response vehicle, crash response vehicle, spill response vehicle, or collapse rescue.  These vehicles can be built on an SUV chassis, pickup chassis, utility body custom response vehicle, rescue body custom response vehicle, or a van fire & rescue vehicle conversion.

  • Fire chief’s car
  • Battalion Chiefs SUV
  • Command and Control
  • Special Utility Response vehicle
  • HAZMAT response vehicle
  • BIO Medical Response
  • Urban search and rescue
  • Water Rescue

…..just to name a few.

Fire & Rescue Cabinet System

Fire and Rescue SCBA Cabinet

Fire and Rescue SCBA Cabinet

Most fire and rescue vehicles will have some type of cabinet system in it. These systems can range anywhere from a small SCBA cabinet in a fire chief’s vehicle to a totally highly custom cabinet system in a fire truck. The most popular cabinet system is a fire command cabinet that has a command board for the chief in charge as well as plenty of space for equipment and gear. These command cabinets can be configured anyway you would like as long as it fits within the parameters of the vehicle it is going in. If you need more drawer space, drawers can be added to the open compartments. If you are tall and want the command board on the top of the cabinet, a custom cabinet manufacturer can provide this for you.

If you do not need a full sized command cabinet for your vehicle, a good alternative would be a SCBA cabinet. This cabinet provides space for turn out gear and a SCBA bracket plus extra storage for other equipment and items. This cabinet is only 24″ deep so it leaves plenty of space behind the cabinet for even more storage.

Fire and Rescue Cabinets

Fire and rescue cabinets come in all shapes and sizes depending on the emergency services SUV conversions vehicle it is going in and the purpose of the cabinet. Many fire chiefs like a cabinet that has a place to store turn out gear and oxygen bottles. This particular cabinet is called a SCBA cabinet and was designed with these two wants in mind. Click here for more info on fire and rescue cabinets.

Temperature Controlled Cabinets

Temperature Control Cabinet

Temperature Control Cabinet

Temperature control cabinets are very specific and are typically used by EMS personnel when they need to transport medications which need to be kept at a certain temperature during transit. A temperature control cabinet will usually be part of EMS cabinet system. A cabinet manufacturer will add a cooling/heating system, such as PharmGuard to an insulated compartment with a completely air tight door. Temperature control cabinets are explained further on another post (please click on link).

What are Temperature Control Cabinets for – and what they are not for

There is a lot of confusion as to what these system are for and what they are not for. When purchasing one of these systems its important that you understand that they are not a refrigerant and heating mechanism.  These are not refrigerator in the hot summer sun and heater isn’t the freezing winter months.

 They are For..

  • Maintaining temperature

They are not for…

  • For keeping things cold in a turned off vehicle in the hot sun
  • Keeping things hot in the dead of winter in a turned off vehicle

Emergency Medical Cabinets

There are several purposes for an emergency medical cabinet, therefore there are many types available. Two of the main purposes for an emergency cabinet is to transport a patient from a remote area where a conventional ambulance cannot drive to and to transport medications for victims in need. One of the most requested cabinet systems is a patient transport cabinet. This system has a flip out bed where a patient is secured during transit to an awaiting ambulance. There is plenty of storage space in this cabinet system where medications can be locked up and if necessary a temperature controlled compartment can be installed.

Patient Transport Cabinet

Patient Transport Cabinet

How To Build A Peltier Cooling Device

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How To Build A Peltier Cooling Device

This is a short seven minut explanation on how you can build your own Peltier colling system. This should give you a great idea on how these system keep the materials in your cabinet cool. It shgould also give you some example of the limitations of these sysytems and some best practices.

Peltier Cooling Device

Peltier Cooling Device

 

Troubles associated with peltier air conditioning

Maintain in mind that if the air conditioning of the peltier component neglects (e.g. follower failing or pump failing in situation of watercooling), the outcomes might be much more disasterous that if a typical air conditioning system falls short. Also if your CPU has a thermal defense that will certainly create it to close down if the temperature level obtains expensive, the peltier aspect might still eliminate it by continuouslying warm it up long after it has actually closed itself down.

As stated over, high power use as well as high power dissipation are the most significant troubles associated with peltier air conditioning. In the days of first-generation Pentium CPUs, readymade peltier/heatsink combos were extensively readily available, which might be set up as well as made use of similar to a normal heatsink.
For today’s CPUs having a power dissipation of over 100W, developing a Peltier CPU cooler utilizing merely a peltier aspect and also a heatsink is fairly an obstacle, as well as prefabricated peltier colders are pricey as well as limited. For modern-day CPUs, it is much better to incorporate peltier components with watercooling.

An additional issue pertaining to peltier air conditioning is condensation. Given that it is feasible to cool down elements here ambient temperature level utilizing peltier components, condensation could happen, which is something you’ll absolutely wish to prevent – water and also electronic devices do not blend well. The precise temperature level at which condensation takes place depends upon ambient temperature level and also on air moisture; we will certainly check out this in even more information partially 3 of the Peltier Guide.

Temperature Controlled Cabinets

These cooling and temperature management systems are used in a variety of systems to maintain a constant temperature. These systems are used by the Film and Broadcast industry and well as emergency medical. Emergency medical cabinet systems need to have compartments for medicine and other medical supplies that needs to be kept at a constant temperature.

Temperature controlled cabinets

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Temperature controlled cabinets

There are many different systems of temperature controlled cabinets for emergency vehicles, but some are definitely better than others. We would like to go over some of these types and if you would like to chime in on these system we encourage you to do so. Some companies offer their own systems and some companies purchase kits for systems and build them into their own cabinet systems and others buy a completed system and add it to the cabinet system. No matter which way your emergency cabinet manufacturer gets a temperature control unit, they are all one of two types of systems.

  1. Solid State Systems
  2. Mechanical Systems

Solid state is used more in emergency medical industries and commercial industries.

Solid State Systems

Most emergency services cabinet manufacturers use the solid state cooling system to manage the temperature inside a cabinet system. This particular system uses a thermoelectric device which uses electrons to transfer heat instead using a compressor like in a mechanical system. The solid state system does not use any refrigerants and there are not moving parts. We have found many different companies that manufacture these cooling systems, but the one that we like the best is called PharmGuard®. This temperature control system is a solid state system for controlling the temperature of insulated medical cabinets mostly used by EMS for the storage of drugs. We found this system available at Pugs Cabinet Systems.

 

Mechanical Systems

A mechanical temperature control system is a system that controls temperature by

How do Temperature controlled cabinets Work

Medical & EMS Vehicle Conversions

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Emergency Medical Conversions

Emergency Medical Conversions

Medical & EMS Vehicle Conversions

Emergency Medical Services have special needs which can include storage compartments with adjustable shelves and Electrical temperature controlled Storage Compartments with Covers as well as Radio communications. Most paramedic, Emergency Medical (EMS), Advanced Life Support ( ALS ) and Ambulance Services have temperature controlled cabinet systems. Converting a standard SUV into a Medical & EMS Vehicle conversions is a process which is comprised of several factors.  These factors can be budget, needs of the public, and services agencies are capable to provide.

Sports Utility Emergency Medical Conversions

Upfitting a standard Sports Utility Vehicle is a job for professional vehicle conversions companies who specialize in theses types of vehicle conversions.  These vehicle can be constructed to meet the needs of your mission and can have graphics added to display your department or municipality.

Sports Utility Medical & EMS Vehicle Conversions

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  • Chevy Suburban
  • Chevy Tahoe
  • Ford Explorer
  • Ford Interceptor
  • Dodge Durango
  • Ford Interceptor Utility

Exterior Options For Emergency Medical Conversions

  • Exterior Lighting and Siren Control
  • Communication options like Antennas and Satellite Dishes
  • Power Options like Shore Lines
  • Push Bumpers and Power Winches
  • Light Towers
  • Video and Audio surveillance is also available – if needed
  • Graphics and safety rear chevron
  • Medical & EMS Vehicle conversions

Patient Transport Cabinets

EMS Transport Cabinets

EMS Transport Cabinets

Emergency Medical Cabinet systems for ALS, EMS and paramedic companies can include patient transport areas to allow the immediate transport of the patient out of danger to a proper transport vehicle – like and Type I, Type II or Type III ambulance. Cabinet systems that can provide transport space for patients are common in the industry but it is important that your department keeps in mind some of the following factors for your Medical & EMS Vehicle conversions.

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  • Exterior lighting for night time rescues
  • Under the compartment storage for your stretchers
  • Open compartments for fast access storage
    • Secure Harnesses to secure stored equipment in cubbies.
  • Overhead Lights in rear hatch
  • Power Outlets for emergency Equipment
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