An Emergency vehicle can have various types of equipment in the cab for the emergency personnel to complete their mission. It is not unusual for a first responder to have a center console in the cab of the vehicle in between the seats like the front console pictured, but there is also another option: the overhead console. The overhead console contains speakers for hands free, clear communications as well as lighting to help see at night when accessing controls are needed.
Some of the items that can be put in the overhead speaker are radio and siren controllers, traffic controllers and LED lights. The overhead consoles are designed to give maximum space in your vehicle. The size of the console will depend on the vehicle’s headliner contour. It is best practice to determine the quantity of equipment and size of equipment before ordering an overhead console.
They can place many of the front console features above their heads for easy access and heads up at all times. These overhead console systems can range from standard boxes to fully customized systems that integrate with your vehicle’s ceiling fabric. Many sedans and patrol cars like Chevy Impala, Dodge Charger, Crown Victoria, Interceptor Sedan, or the Ford Taurus Police Interceptor mount overhead consoles directly above the driver’s right shoulder or in between the two sunvisors.
Overhead consoles can also be made to look like factory OEM consoles. These consoles, contoured to the ceiling of the specific vehicle, are padded with foam and covered in custom fabric matching the interior of the vehicle. When they are mounted to the ceiling of the vehicle, they look like they were built and installed by the manufacturer. The body of the console usually comes with speakers and lights and is covered with a mesh cloth.
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.