EMS Compartments over wheels
After seeing FireMech's new rig, how are the EMS compartments placed over the front wheels working out? Are they too high to reach the equipment easily? Does the equipment fit? We are concerned that a 5'4" FF may drop a LP12 on their head-or worse, on the ground where it would break:eek:.
We currently have a compartment along the back wall in the cab, but our bags don't fit in it and end up on the floor between the seats. We would prefer to have them accessible from the outside, but in the cab for climate control. We carry four items on every call-large bag, LP12, O2 bag, and drug box. We run with 3 members, so we usually keep the bag and O2 on one side for the jumpseat FF to carry, and the LP and drug box on the other for the driver.
We are speccing rigs and trying to keep the cost down. The OTW method is less expensive than our preferred option-an extended cab with a full height compartment behind the crew doors. We also hate to lengthen the rig.
Pics attached for reference-FireMech's ladder with over the wheel cabinet, and a rescue with the extended cab compartment (bit higher than we want, but you get the idea).