Brown Specialty Press Release

Smaller design suitable for emergency management in small- to medium-sized locales

LAWRENCE, KS – May 10, 2011Brown Specialty Vehicles has designed a smaller version of its hazardous materials (HazMat) trailer. The new design, called the Sentry, uses a smaller truck than most large-city HazMat trailers and eliminates the need for a special-purpose vehicle.

“In our work with emergency management agencies, we recognized the need for a HazMat vehicle that would work for medium-sized cities and small- to medium-sized counties,” says Ron Smith, Brown’s business development manager. “By utilizing a gooseneck trailer, we knew we could eliminate the costly chassis which is normally the single most expensive item in building a special-purpose vehicle.”
Unlike the design of most hazardous materials vehicles mounted on medium duty or larger vehicle chassis and intended for use in large cities, this model allows for an F-350 Ford, Dodge 3500 or GMC Pickup chassis as the tow vehicle. The truck can be used for other functions when not pulling the hazardous materials trailer.

“Once again Brown Specialty Vehicles is leading the way in adapting to the needs and
demands of the workplace,” says Brown CEO Chuck Sprague. “We know our customers and emergency agencies have to work in a wide variety of challenging settings. Having a versatile, customized trailer that goes places a larger vehicle cannot is the perfect solution.”The Sentry uses R-O-M Corporation roll-up doors that give full access to slide-out trays and tool boards without the interference of swing doors. Specific storage needs can be designed as required. 

The trailer has a 6,000 watt (6 kW) portable gas Onan generator for lighting. The generator is enclosed to protect it from the elements when not in use. 

“This is a true HazMat trailer from the ground up,” Smith says. Built with heavy aluminum extrusions and assembled with aircraft Huck rivets, it is “engineered tough to handle the harsh environments this vehicle will have to operate in during an emergency.” 

For information, phone 800-255-6827, ext. 118, or e-mail

About Brown Specialty Vehicles

Brown Specialty Vehicles, Lawrence, Kan., a subsidiary of Brown Industries, LLC, manufactures custom aluminum truck, trailer and van bodies for U.S. and international customers. Founded in 1946, Brown Cargo Van built the first aluminum dry freight cargo van body, now the industry standard. For more information, visit

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