San Francisco Takes Delivery Of Ferrara Command Unit

Ferrara Fire Apparatus has completed an incident command vehicle for the San Francisco Fire Department that the builder described as a one-of-a-kind unit loaded with technology.

It’s built on a Ferrara Inferno chassis with a two-door heavy rescue cab and a Detroit Diesel Series 60 515-hp engine mated to an Allison 4000EVS transmission. Its overall length is 37.5 feet. An Intec color camera with an LCD monitor provides visual assistance with backing.

The incident command body is equipped with two hydraulic-actuated, slide-out modules, each measuring 120 inches long by 72 inches tall and 36 inches deep. It has hinged access panels for antenna and electrical wiring, a side body access door, and an Optex Vision alarm system with motion detectors and magnetic sensors on all exterior doors. It also has a Big Foot self-leveling system and two chassis-driven 120-volt air conditioning systems. A 96-by-48-inch conference table is equipped with 12-volt and 120-volt power, data, radio and phone connections. It has six magnetic white boards, each 60 inches wide and 48 inches tall.

Electrical power for the apparatus is provided by a 20,000-watt Kohler diesel-powered generator that supplies 37 120-volt fluorescent lights inside the command center as well as a myriad of high-tech equipment at seven work stations.

Other equipment includes two LaCrosse wireless weather stations; Uniden scanner receiver; four Astron DC power supplies and four cooling fans. It also has four LaCrosse atomic clocks; two 50-amp shoreline connections; a mobile dispatch terminal; a Sigtronics intercom system with nine positions; a Will-Burt 7-42 camera tower at the left rear of the apparatus and a Lashing PBM-60 paging amplifier.

The exterior is equipped with an awning, two exterior body work counters with removable white boards and a rear body communication equipment storage module.

For information call 800-443-9006 or go to

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