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    Default Custom Cab Apparatus Switching Consoles

    I see pros and cons to both locations but I would like to see what some others have to think regarding the issue. Where should the control switches (i.e. switches for things light warning lights, scene lighting, cab interior lighting and so forth and so on) be located, in an overhead console above the drivers seating position or on say the dog house centrally located.

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    I like them up high , leave more room for "stuff" down low.

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    Quote Originally Posted by slackjawedyokel View Post
    I like them up high , leave more room for "stuff" down low.
    I concur with this opinion.
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    more likely to be accidentally hit by arms or loose gear if down on center console than if on the overhead panel.

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    Quote Originally Posted by slackjawedyokel View Post
    I like them up high , leave more room for "stuff" down low.
    Me two. Me too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by txgp17 View Post
    Me two. Me too.
    Over the years I have noticed that people at conventions or checking out apparatus on manufacturing lines tend to focus on overhead switch panels when they hop in the driver's seat of chassis so equipped. I have to admit that I prefer the "emergency" functions to all be grouped together in a separate panel overhead as well simply due to the isolation from normal chassis functions but try not to let my prejudices affect customer decisions. I know of one builder that always supplied additional positions with switches that did absolutely nothing but look cool.

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    All of our previous apparatus had overhead switches.

    New engine has them on the doghouse.

    I hate it.

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    Agree, like them up above driver position rather than doghouse.

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    I prefer them in a driver's and officer's side "Vista Display"

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    All non vehicle function switches should be officer side over head to avoid distractions for the engineer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SuperFire123 View Post
    All non vehicle function switches should be officer side over head to avoid distractions for the engineer.

    Can you amplify on this?

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    Quote Originally Posted by CaptOldTimer View Post
    Can you amplify on this?
    I believe he means that anything that doesn't have to do with the actual operation of the vehicle (jake brake, ignition, windshield wipers, etc) should be on the officer's side only.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SuperFire123 View Post
    All non vehicle function switches should be officer side over head to avoid distractions for the engineer.
    There really isn't much that doesn't have to do with vehicle function... maybe the radio, but there are times when our engine follows the medic to the hospital to pick up the crew and the mike should be accessible to the driver. Some of our engines have duplicate controls for lights and sirens, but most everything else is controlled by the driver. A good driver should be able to handle most of the controls without much distraction.

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    My point of most things on officer is to reduce the amount of distractions to the driver. There is no need to have a radio mike on the drivers side when alot of head sets for intercoms can have a radio function, Did any one read the article on firehouse.com on the study of ev accidents in California from distracted EV operators.

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