|FDNY’s mobile command unit has numerous high-tech features including a large format plotter capable of downloading and printing large-scale detailed maps and blueprints.|
|The command unit LDV built for FDNY features five work stations with multiple radios, cellular telephones and computers. (LDV Photo)|
|LDV has built a mobile command unit for FDNY based on a Freightliner cab and chassis. (LDV Photos)|
NEW YORK CITY – The Fire Department of New York received a customized mobile incident command unit built by LDV, Incorporated.
According to Deputy Assistant Chief James Manahan, the new command unit will be augmenting the department’s existing mobile command as a planning center. FDNY’s Type II Incident Management Team will use the vehicle inside the city and with special situations outside the city.
“We sure could have used it last year when hurricane Katrina struck,” Manahan said. “We were there with only one vehicle and the planning center would have greatly enhanced our capabilities.”
The new unit has more planning features in addition to critical interoperability options, according to the manufacturer. The rear command center work area has a large format plotter capable of downloading and printing large-scale detailed maps and blueprints of areas from specific buildings, city blocks or topographical maps. This will give firefighters and rescuers the ability to locate people quickly.
“After more than two and a half years of committee meetings and design changes, the vehicle that was produced has far exceeded our expectations,” Manahan says.
A Freightliner MT-55 with a Cummins ISB-02 260 hp turbo-charged diesel engine and an Allison 2500EVS automatic transmission power the unit.
The 30-foot load space body is constructed of .125-inch aluminum and a NFPA welded tread-plate roof.
The command post has a 78-inch high by 140-inch long by 30-inch deep slide-out area located forward of the rear axle. It is constructed of heavy-duty tubular aluminum with welded joints for superior strength, and has a weather tight seal without the use of an additional awning.
Other features include: five interior work stations, 20,000-watt liquid-cooled diesel generator; automatic mobile digital satellite system with dual low noise block down converter CAT6 computer network; numerous land, cellular and radio phones; multiple VHF, UHF and 800 MHz radios; 26-inch high-resolution LCD television featuring wide viewing angles; and heavy-duty, one-touch automatic leveling system.
LDV, founded in 1977 and based in Burlington, Wis., provides a variety of customers special service vehicles and other specialized interiors.
For information call 800-558-5986 or go to www.ldvusa.com.