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Battalion Chief Conversions

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Battalion Chief Conversions

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Emergency Conversions Battalion Chief Conversions

The battalion chief conversions can hold a wide variety of equipment and be used for many missions. These are versatile vehicles that are used every day for normal operations of a department as well as emergency response to calls. Depending on the department, these vehicles may be used more than the fire chief vehicle. Another name used for Battalion chief is district chief.

Battalion Chief Conversions Mission

The mission of the battalion chief conversions can be numerous.  They are used for first response to emergency scenes to evaluate what type of emergency response is needed from the department.  They can also be used for access to remote locations when an apparatus may have a hard time responding, as in for searches and brush fires or searches.

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Battalion Chief Vehicles

battalion chief vehicle

battalion chief vehicle

Battalion chief vehicles can be sedans, suvs, pickups, or utility trucks.  Depending on budget, equipment needed to carry, size of employees, and fuel used will help in the decision of what type of battalion chief conversions vehicle you will need.  If you are in a city and no not rely on carrying a lot of equipment, than a sedan should be able to handle your needs.  If you need more room or would like a command cabinet, then a suv will more suit your needs.  If you need the vehicle to be diesel powered, then you will not have a current choice for an American  suv yet.  A pickup truck battalion chief vehicle is used by many departments because of the heavy duty chassis, large vehicle to carry large people with gear on, and carry heavy equipment.  With a cap on the rear, the large bed of the truck can carry a variety of clean or dirty equipment.

Battalion Chief Lights

The battalion chief lights are dependent on the mission of the vehicle.  The vehicle can have a light bar or two on the roof depending on the size of the vehicle.  It could also have a traffic directional on the rear of the vehicle.  For the front of the vehicle, the battalion chief conversions could have head light leds or flashers, grill lights  and lights in the area of the fog lights.  For intersections the custom emergency response vehicle can have lights on the front and rear fenders as well as the running board area.  For the rear of the battalion chief vehicle there can be lights on the rear roof, in the rear windows, on the rear hatch and bumper, or in the rear tail lights.

Battalion Chief Equipment

Battalion chief equipment carried in the battalion chief conversions depends on the mission of the vehicle.  The vehicle could carry fire extinguishers, SCBA self contained breathing apparatus, thermal imaging camera, air gas meter, and command accountability boards.  Some of this equipment can be mounted in a custom command cabinet in the rear of the vehicle.

Battalion Chief Graphics

The battalion chief graphics are used to tell the pubic the use of the vehicle as well as for other fire fighters at an emergency scene to know where a ranking officer is located.  These graphics can be reflective on the sides or rear and include a rear chevron.

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

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