Replacing crew door with compartment
Working on a spec for some engines, and we have been searching for a practical method of storing our EMS/ALS equipment in the cab. We've tried the standard back of the wall compartment between the jump seats, and we've tried a center compartment extending back from the doghouse. Equipment was unreachable from the ground. Climate control is also a serious issue, especially this year.
Two options we are looking at are:
1. Extending the cab by 20-24 inches like the new E-One ALS rig:
2. Since our normal staffing is 3, very rarely 4 including EMT students, we are considering replacing the crew cab door on the driver side with a compartment. We'll keep 2 jump seats across from each other on the PS.
Option 2 has the advantage of shortening the cab and the length of the apparatus. We know it would make it impossible for the jumpseat FF to exit on the DS, but he can't now with all the crap on the floor in the back.
Anyone have any other pros/cons?