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 and materials.

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 our fleet.

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