Emergency vehicle consoles are the main area of control for emergency lights, sirens and radios.. These systems are important in fulfilling a emergency response mission to the fullest. The emergency responder need quick and easy access to this equipment. Sirens and warning lights are critical to first responders to alert the citizens that emergency vehicles are entering the area. of all sectors including law enforcement, fire fighters and emergency medical personnel. The center console is the best way to achieve this.
Some of the systems that are typically installed in a front console are siren and light controls, radio controls, traffic controllers, and cup holders. Most consoles come with a map pocket to store important documents or binders.
The first thing to think about when buying an emergency vehicle console system is the vehicle you are installing it in. Each vehicle has different contours and body styles. Make sure that the console you want to purchase will fit in the particular vehicle and that particular year. For example, a console for a 2014 Tahoe will not fit in a 2015 console because the interior dash of that vehicle changed slightly from 2014 to 2015. Your vendor should be aware of these changes, but it is always a good idea to confirm with them the make, model and year of the vehicle you want to install the console in.
Another thing to think about when buying an emergency vehicle console system is the equipment you are intending on putting in the console. There is limited space on the console so it is a good idea to know the dimensions of all your radio heads, etc. before purchasing the console. Even in emergency vehicles cup holders are usually a desired option for a console,. Sometimes there may be too many pieces of equipment and they take up most of the face plate it might be a good idea to think about your priorities.
Lighting and electronics are always good options to consider when purchasing a center console. A good choice for lighting on the console is a goose head map light. This style light makes directing lighting especially easy due to the flexible design of the neck. It is a good idea to think about any and all electronics, plugs and adapters that you might need now and possibly in the future.
Center consoles, or as some refer to them front consoles, are consoles that house communications and electronics and are usually installed between the two front seats after the vehicle has been delivered. Law enforcement consoles are typically used to provide access to lights and siren controls among other equipment. Police and all law enforcement console systems are built to sustain a sometimes very harsh terrain. Many times they come with docking stations and computer mounts for the police to have the ability to access other branches of emergency services. The mounts needs to be separate from the other controls on the console as well as steering clear of any airbag systems. It must also be able to withstand a very bumpy ride or any harsh treatment that a police officer might give it. The top side of the monitor should be even with the bottom side of the windshield for the best view and to avoid the officer from having take his eyes off the road by looking down.
Police vehicle consoles come in either standard gray laminate and gray carpet or a custom finish such as a leather-like material to have the effect of an OEM factory console. Custom exteriors can be made upon request.
Vehicles that many manufactures offer consoles for:
Each console system comes in standard sizes but some manufactures can custom build consoles based on your departments requirements.
EMS Transport Cabinet systems are designed to transport patients from remote places with rough terrain to an awaiting ambulance on a main road. They also have the ability to store medical bags and medical equipment in the compartments made available. There are many options available to an EMS Transport Cabinet which can greatly help the mission at hand. For example, you can add drawers or doors to the open compartments to keep your gear and equipment from falling out during a rough transit. You can also add a lock to any drawer or door if you need security while transporting narcotics. Another option is a command board. If you are called to the scene of a terrible accident and need to direct subordinates in their specific tasks, a pull out command board with dry erase might be a necessity.
The most crucial part of the EMS Transport Cabinet is the flip down bed with straps to secure a patient during transport. There is space underneath the bed to store a medical back board while not in use. The medical back board is used to collect the patient from the scene and carry them back to the emergency vehicle where the patient is secured to the flip down back board. If the patient needs any medical drugs as part of the first responder treatment, it will be there in the cabinet compartment ready for use.
Side Door Access Cabinet Systems
The exterior of the bed and side cabinet is covered in rubber matting to make any necessary clean up extremely easy. These surfaces can be washed with soap and water and dried off leaving the cabinet clean and sterilized and ready for the next time the cabinet is needed. The interior of the compartments and the top, back and other side of the cabinet is covered in marine grade carpet so if it gets wet during the cleaning, it won’t get ruined. You could always opt to have the whole cabinet covered in a rubber matting if you so desire.
Cabinet systems that are specific to fire and rescue operations have the typical radio and communication panels, but may very well have command boards and spots for air tanks and fire extinguishers. These are command cabinets with storage. Many fire and rescue command cabinets come standard with a command board and storage compartments for an oxygen tank or fire extinguishers. Many also have a recessed radio mounting face plate, and an open storage area for the installation of SCBA brackets.
Command Cabinet Radio Systems
Many command cabinet systems come with radio communication and computer docking capabilities. These are very important in command and control situations and can be all the difference when response times matter most. Kenwood radios offer trunking and conventional technology featuring 6.25 kHz digital narrow band operation. The Kenwood NEXEDGE ™ was designed to provide advanced communication solutions to satisfy the needs of private enterprise and public safety professionals. These radios includes features such as FM Analog @ 25 and 12.5 kHz channels, NXDN ™ digital @ 12.5 and 6.25 kHz channels, compliance with current frequency assignments, and NEXEDGE ™ will easily convert to very narrow bandwidths in the future.
Resources for all Emergency/Disaster Response volunteers
Anybody who expects to serve as a first responding volunteer in an unexpected emergency or catastrophe in the United States should acquire at the very least some training that covers the Incident Command System (ICS) and the National Incident Management System (NIMS), of which the ICS is a vital attribute. Most of the federal government and various other public agencies and volunteer organizations are active in calamities (VOADs) under whose supervision a volunteer could call for either serve evidence of such training or will certainly quickly require it.
Law Enforcement uses several types of vehicles to fulfill their missions and the cabinet systems that they choose often corresponds directly with the vehicle and mission. Many times police will patrol in sedans which can be marked or unmarked. These mostly have several cabinet systems in the vehicle.
Law Enforcement Cabinet Systems
In Cab Consoles: In cab consoles hold radio and communication equipment and computers for Law Enforcement
Overhead Consoles: Overhead consoles are place in the center of the cab directly over the right shoulder of the driver and can hold lights, sirens switches as well as radios and speakers to allow Police and Law Enforcement professionals to keeps their heads up while driving.
Drawer Systems / Units: These systems can go in any vehicle and are probably the most common system sold. The drawer units can be full width and full depth depending on the application of the police dept using it. Many PD will only get a 24″ deep drawer unit in order to keep the access to the spare tire that is located in the well of the rear cargo area. Drawer units also come in a double drawer variation. This unit has two separate drawers side by side or one on top of the other. If the drawers are on top of each other, there will be about half the width of the cargo area open for extra storage space.
Command Cabinets: A command cabinets is a very convenient way of getting many options in one cabinet. These systems include a command board, whether it is a whiteboard or plexiglass, which makes running a command operation much easier. There is plenty of storage space whether it is a drawer or a compartment with a door on it. A command cabinet usually comes with a radio panel to house the electronics that are often necessary.
Pull-out Cabinet Systems: Pull-out aluminum bed systems are a great option especially for a pick up truck. This option gives easy access to the rear of a cabinet as well as much needed space on the aluminum tray behind the cabinet. These aluminum pull-out trays usually have 90-100% extension which leaves a lot of room behind the cabinet especially if it is an 8 ft bed. The most common cabinet put on a pull-out tray is a 24″ deep command cabinet or fire cabinet.
The first responders in the emergency services community needs cabinet systems that fit each vehicle and mission specifically. But the fact is that each sector has its own specific needs and the cabinet systems they chose are dependent on the vehicle and the mission.
The law enforcement sector has so many different department with so many different missions. When a police dept wants to upfit a vehicle, a cabinet system is almost always a part of this process. The type of cabinet will depend on what tasks the dept is responsible for. For example, a police chief’s vehicle will want to have a command cabinet with the ability to command a post when the need arises. There should probably be plenty of space to store gear and equipment, but more importantly, there should be a command board where a chief can map out organized directions to his staff. There should also be a radio face plate for radios and electrical power sources. The face plates have room behind them to house the wires and connections and keep them out of the way.
Most chief’s vehicles will have lighting. There are different types of lighting that can be used on a chief’s vehicle. Most commonly are bar lights mounted on the top of the vehicle as well as grille lighting in the front grill of the vehicle. But a chief can go wild and put lights all over the car: interior windshield light bar, rear windshield light bar, on the fenders and the running board and on the rear view mirrors to name a few. Some of the quality emergency lighting manufacturers are Whelen, Code 3, Weldon and Federal Signal.
Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Special Services Vehicle
Fire Trucks and Apparatus
Fire trucks and apparatus are highly customized vehicles which includes various missions and duties. These duties can include firefighting, oil spills, vehicle extrication, car accidents, search and rescue missions and medical emergencies. Firefighters, as well as all emergency service workers, need to be prepared for any emergency expected or unexpected.
A fire chief’s vehicle will most likely be the central command post of any fire situation. The best option for this vehicle would be cabinet with a command board and plenty of space for required equipment and gear.
There is a vast array of cabinet systems for vehicles and they are as broad as the missions, sectors and vehicles that they serve. Many systems are used everyday by fire & rescue, law enforcement and EMS personnel all over the world. Emergency vehicles come with many purposes and service all aspects of our society.
The main purpose of a fire and rescue cabinet is to hold and organize as many and all equipment, gear and tools as possible. One of the most typical and popular cabinets is an CCSCBA cabinet that has room to mount a SCBA bracket and tools, hang turnout gear, compartments for bags and the possibility for a command board. A radio face plate can be added if radio communications are required.
The main purpose of a law enforcement cabinet is to store and secure weapons and to command emergency situations. There are two typical and popular cabinets, one for each purpose. The command cabinet always has a command board which can be customized to your liking. Command boards can be dry erase white boards or standard plexi glass. They can be lift up tilt or standard flat. Command cabinets usually come with a radio face plate to house any and all communications equipment and electrical components. Another important feature of a command cabinet is plenty of storage, whether it be open compartments, compartments with a door (with locking latch or standard latch) or drawers.
The main purpose of an EMS cabinet is to have enough space to carry medical bags and medical equipment that might be needed when you are a first responder to any emergency scene. This cabinet will have many open compartments that can be configured to your specific bags and equipment to make sure that they all fit properly.
Drawer units can be constructed and installed in SUVs, Sedans or pick up trucks but they are typically seen in the trunks of emergency vehicle sedans.
Dodge Charger Pursuit
Dodge Charger Pursuit’s body style is changing for 2015. The scalloped body sides will be replaced with a cleaner, chiseled, more sleek appearance. The new Charger will be mobile command friendly. Some of the new features will be a vehicle systems interface module and redesign of the front seats to accommodate a police officer’s belt mounted gear. The Charger’s column-shifter is a big advantage when more space is needed on the center console. This new location will free up space to mount more controls and radios on the center console.
Another cool feature of the pursuit is touchscreen monitor on the dash. This helps keep the driver’s eyes from roaming and more focused on the road. It also helps keeps the space in front of the driver and passenger free from obstruction making mobility easier. A spacious trunk equipped with a one touch, slow rising trunklid is also a key feature of the Dodge Charger. The trunk also comes with lighting in three different locations which will help with finding equipment in the night. There are hooks at either side of the trunk that can hold up a substantial amount of weight.
Since the spare tire takes up much of the trunk in a Dodge Charger Pursuit, a custom drawer unit would be a great solution. The drawer unit or weapons locker fits securely between the tire and the back of the trunk with easy access when the trunk is open. There is room to store up to two weapons in this cabinet depending on the weapons and how long they are and what accessories need to be stored with them.
In the small world of Emergency Rescue, there are many different cabinets and styles to choose from. The main purpose of all cabinets is to carry equipment in the most organized manner. There are a variety of cabinets made for specific vehicles and specific missions. The patient transport cabinet’s main purpose, however, is to carry a patient from a back woods scenario to an ambulance waiting on open road.
PATIENT TRANSPORT CABINET
Emergency vehicle cabinets come in very handy when you are the first one to arrive at any scene, but especially when injured victims are involved. The cabinet you have in the back of your emergency vehicle can be the difference between life and death. The best cabinet for this situation is an EMS patient transport cabinet.
Patient Transport Cabinets include:
flip down back board on which the patient can be secured
open compartments for easy access retrieval of med bags
space for a portable backboard
There are many options available when purchasing a patient transport cabinet. Any one of the open storage compartments can be made into a storage drawer to keep medical bags or other equipment safe. Put a lock on the drawer and use it for narcotics or other drugs that need to be secured during transport. A temperature control unit can also be added to a compartment in the case that medications need to be kept at a certain temperature at all times. If files need to be kept close by, a file drawer with standard file runner can be built into the cabinet.
If a slide out drawer is not needed, a door with a compression latch can be added to a compartment which can be locking or non-locking.
If the scene becomes a situation where a central command is required, a command board might be an appropriate option. From this cabinet, directives can be mapped out in an organized and efficient manner. The command board comes in either the standard plexi glass under which a standard map is placed. The commander on scene can write on the plexi over and over again as it can be erased as needed. The other command board option is whiteboard. This allows the commander to customize directions as he deems fit and erase when finished.
The type of Command Cabinet or cabinet system you require is dictated by the mission and your vehicle type.
Police and Law Enforcement
Police and Law enforcement use a variety vehicles depending on the mission. Many times the equipment is a the same but depending on the vehicle type and mission you will have to configure the cabinet systems differently. Speak with a Conversion Specialits
Sedan Cabinet Systems for Law Enforcement
For instance if you are a patrol officer driving a sedan you will probably need some sort of in-cab console with a computer docking station and possibly an overhead mount. You may also require a trunk system which can be for storage of emergency equipment or weapons.
SUV Cabinet Systems for Law Enforcement
SUVs are used for a variety missions in Law Enforcement ranging from patrols to Investigations and K9 units. The type of cabinet system you will need will depend on your mission.
Utility & Tactical Cabinet Systems
If you are a SWAT team you needs will be different. You could possibly have up to ten guys in the vehicle so space will be a commodity. You will need a weapons locker and probably storage for battering rams and other equipment. You will also need a in-cab cabinet for radio and communication.
Fire and Rescue
A typical cabinet for a fire fighter is one that has a designated area for turn out gear and a SCBA bracket. A storage drawer and an open compartment would be a good option to store any additional items that need to be close by.
Cabinet Systems for Fire Chief
A fire chief probably would want to have a command board in his cabinet in addition to a SCBA bracket and space for turn out gear. Options such as a command board, map drawers and file drawers would make a command post easier to command.