RONKONKOMA, N.Y., Nov. 15, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — When you spend your day on the road, your car, truck or van becomes your mobile command vehicle. It must provide the same – or better – tools and performance as your office, station or warehouse. Professionals who spend their lives serving the public need reliable vehicles built for their specific requirements; but that’s not how cars, trucks or vans come off the lot. Traditional “stock” vehicles require technology and vehicle hardware retrofitting or “upfitting” to transform them into powerful, rugged police and sheriff’s cars, field service trucks, fire chief SUVs and first-responder vehicles. Island Tech Services (ITS) (www.itsg.us.com), a leading provider of advanced technology, mobility and vehicle solutions, has created a Mobile Vehicle Upfitting Checklist to enable first responders, fire fighters, field service techs and law enforcement officers to asses the considerations necessary for incorporating vehicle solutions in their work to increase performance, efficiency and security.
“The process of developing the perfect mobile command vehicle begins with a discussion about the purpose for the vehicle and the needs of the driver and passengers,” says Robert Gronenthal, CEO and Partner at Island Tech Services (ITS). “Some vehicles, like fire chief’s cars, may serve double-duty as family SUVs during most of the week until called upon to report to an emergency.”
Shelter Island Fire Department Gets an Upfit
That was the case for the Shelter Island Fire Department. The name says it all – it is sheltered from the rest of Long Island. While it’s is a wonderful place to live and visit, you must first drive to the end of Long Island, and then take a 10-minute ferry ride from either the North or South Fork to get there. This often means the department must rely on its own team and gear for emergencies.
The Shelter Island Fire Department provided ITS with a stock, 2017 Chevrolet Tahoe – essentially a blank canvas – and ITS delivered a complete command vehicle for all-around coverage when responding to any emergency. The vehicle upfitting included installing a new LED lightbar, grill lights, headlight flashers, intersector lights, taillights, running board lights, rear quarter glass lights, trunk lighting and tail lights – ITS also installed a siren with siren control and speaker. That enabled the community to see and hear the fire chief in action. Inside, ITS installed a command box, radios and antennas, plus an aftermarket console with cupholders and lock box, and