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    Miami Dade has several nice Battalion Chiefs vehicles built on F-450's. If I knew how I would include a photo of one!

    OK may have figured the photo thing out. I am not a big fan of green but this rig s paint and striping scheme looked better in person than in the photo.
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    Thrilbilly61: Would you or anyone else know why they went to this size of vehicle for a BC Vehicle? I know that LA City has just done the same with an F350.

    What equipment would a BC carry in Miami Dade that would require such a larger vehicle? I guess there are pro's-con's to size but wondering how a BC would feel driving around in a vehicle like this for a shift..

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    SAFETEK: I am not from the area, but from what I have picked up on the web the idea seams to be they carry special use equipment and things like the RIT equipment so that when the apparatus that will be assigned to RIT has to stage away from the scene they do not have to carry all the equipment with them to the scene they just pick it up off of the BCís unit which will be parked very close to the scene.

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    I think a vehicle like that would be great for a BC. Obviously, equipment wise, you would think:

    turnout gear
    SCBA and perhaps an extra bottle
    command equipment including accountability boards, white boards
    preplans
    perhaps some sort of small folding table for command post
    perhaps an EMS jump bag, oxygen kit and defib
    TIC - just to have another one on scene
    road cones for blocking scenes and space off
    a radio compartment with all the needed communications equipment

    That's just off the top of my head, but with a truck like this you can certainly think way beyond what the traditional equipment in a Tahoe or Suburban would be.

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    With all the emphasis on securing equipment inside the cab of fire apparatus, this style of box makes sense to me. Imagine what some of the crud in your typical SUV command buggy would do, unsecured, in a serious wreck...

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    District821- You are absolutely correct. Our RIT equipment is carried in the rear compartment of the truck. But the 'real world' function of these trucks, aside from getting the chief there, is air bottle transportation. The two high side compartments are storage for about 16 SCBA bottles per side. It comes in handy as each of our apparatus only carry an additional bottle per Fire Fighter (typically).

    They also carry our CO monitoring equipment, as well as most of the equipment Chief Squirrel mentioned. However, this isnt the typical 'command' vehicle; meaning we dont have huge white boards, pre plans, communication equipment, or a folding table. We have RV-type command vehicles available for dispatch that come fully stocked.

    I'm back on shift later this week and I'll see if I can get some pictures of the compartments as well as the specs for the truck if ya want them. By the way, is it just me or do these trucks look like beefed up roach coaches?

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    Thanks Iluv4201 as that helps give me a better idea. The FD in particular only has 4 stations and has a lot of steep grades and is an urban paid FD but they have a new SVI Heavy Rescue with the RIT, SCBA's etc. BUT I do like the concept idea for other FD's who want to combine functions and have more capability and storage than that of a Suburban, Expedition etc.

    Thanks and if you do get pics that would be great too as I've seen the new LA City ones and the only concern I have for a FD in a urban area is the size of the 1 ton Light Rescue.

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