Duty Chief Car
In September of 2004, the new Command 139 went into service. The CARS Duty
Chief will operate this ALS equipped non-transport vehicle with a full
complement of ALS gear. Command 139 is a 2004 diesel Ford Excursion with a
front mounted 12,000 lb. Warn winch. It has seating for three and is
outfitted with an Extendo-Bed command module.
Command 139 is designed to be a system resource by providing seamless
interoperability between fire, police, and EMS when on scene. The rear
command area is equipped with low-band, VHF, and UHF radios. In
addition, it is contains a cache of mobile radios in a multi-bank
charger. Field programming is available for all on-board radios. The
command area is also equipped with two laptops, a printer, GPS, and
mobile broadband internet. Its full AV setup includes a TIC receiver
and a TV/VCR with UHF/VHF/satellite capability. Command 139's library holds
needed reference materials for Haz-Mat, MCI, WMD, technical rescue and
other incidents. It also carries standard ICS and MCI support equipment
With the exception of striping, all preparation work was done in house
by CARS volunteers at a considerable cost savings. The Excursion, paid
for solely with community donations, cost around $40,000 fully equipped.
We are both proud and excited to add this state-of-the-art vehicle to
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