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EVI's Mobile Command Center Vehicle

Written by Jennifer Gavigan

Emergency Vehicles, Inc. (EVI) has specialized in the custom design and manufacturing of rescue and specialty vehicles since 1971. In September 1999, EVI opened its 50,000-square-foot facility in Lake Park, Fla. This modern facility contains everything needed to fabricate any type of emergency vehicle, all under one roof.

EVI’s command vehicles have served both small communities and large cities across the nation. Each unit is produced using EVI’s vast experience and proven construction methods.

Kaua’i Fire Department

EVI’s Mobile Command Center Vehicle (MCCV) was recently delivered to the Kaua’i Fire Department in Lihue, Hawaii. Lihue is the second largest town on the Hawaiian island of Kaua’i. The MCCV will be used to provide radio interoperability for multiple agencies as well as Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) phone service in the event of an outage or lack of phone service.

The Ford E-350 Super Duty Extended Cargo Van platform was selected to keep the unit small and maneuverable, allowing the vehicle to respond to areas where larger units could not be driven. This vehicle includes many of the same features as larger command rigs except in a small and manageable package. A four-wheel drive (4x4) package was added to the van along with custom aluminum bumpers, brush guards, winch receivers and vehicle stabilizers.

A custom roof rack was installed that incorporates a 1.2-meter satellite dish for phone and Internet service, a roof air conditioner, an antenna raceway and satellite TV. The unit is self contained with a 7.5 kW diesel generator and a backup inverter and battery system.

The mini-command area was designed for up to three people with workstations, task chairs and a swivel passenger seat. The rear cargo area provides storage for a portable antenna kit and a portable generator. The van was equipped with highcapacity alternators and LED emergency and scene lighting.

In addition, the MCCV features a slide-out platform for a printer (located under the rear workstation), dry erase board(s) (mounted in the upper electronics rack), a First Alert combination smoke/carbon monoxide alarm, a CO2 fire extinguisher and bracket, and a medical first aid kit.

Jennifer Gavigan is the editor of Public Safety IT magazine and a frequent contributor to LAW and ORDER. She can be reached at jgavigan@hendonpub.com.

Published in Law and Order, Nov 2010

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