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.
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.
A command cabinet is a vehicle cabinet system that is designed to hold equipment and materials specific to any given mission. Each mission has its specific needs and the command cabinet is designed to meet those needs of the mission. Primarily, command cabinets are used for emergency services but can be customized for industrial uses.
Custom Command Cabinets
Command cabinets need to fulfill the mission in which they are designed for and therefore it is important to speak with a specialist.
Emergency services can be Law Enforcement and Security Personnel and First Responders like Fire & Rescue, EMS and Paramedics.
Fire command cabinets can contain command boards and multiple radios to coordinate emergency operations as well as contain compartments for gear storage and emergency equipment. The command board can be either plexi glass or whiteboard depending on the preference of the commander and practice of the fire dept. If the fire dept has a command map they use, a plexi glass command board is a good option. The map fits under the glass and the commander can write on the plexi and erase and write again. If there is not standard fire map, a whiteboard command board is the way to go. This option allows the commander to write his own set of directives over and over again. Space for a SCBA bracket is also something you would see in a fire command cabinet.
Law Enforcement and Police/SWAT command cabinets typically include radio communications and equipment storage, but many times they also contain a weapons locker. Weapons lockers are secured combo locking drawers where law enforcement officers can store their weapons during transit and until they need them.