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LDV Mobile Command Vehicle made for Ascension Parish shows their maximum capacity conference area, in a unit with four slide-outs, 4G and Wireless.


issue. Exterior workstations are ordered to utilize typically underutilized space, keep traffic from the inside, and allow a large group to be addressed.


Customers are planning for longevity and long vehicle life. Twenty-year-old vehicles have regularly come back for technology updates or reconfigurations and are returned as operationally current with technology and operations as vehicles built yesterday. Lynch stated, “This can’t happen without selecting the right platform and builder the first time.” Accessible raceways are being installed to simplify adding or replacing outdated technology.


Matthews Specialty Vehicles www.MSVehicles.com


Matthews Specialty Vehicles specializes in the design and manufacture of purpose-built vehicles used in public safety, mobile healthcare, mobile blood collection services, and other services. Matthews’ vehicles are built to custom- ers’ specifications to ensure a seamless fit with their opera- tions. These vehicles can be found serving private sector organizations, law enforcement agencies, governments and military organizations across the country and even around the world.


Dennis Hoag, Sales Director stated, “One of the first steps


in our process is to get to know our customer, their needs, and their envisioned use of their specialty vehicle. We ask questions and take notes, guiding them through the pro- cess of the design, build and delivery of their new vehicle. Our in-house team of designers and engineers then work to make our customer’s vision a reality.”


Hoag recommends that customers designing a new pub- lic safety vehicle take a forward look at technology and plan for retrofitting technology during the life of the vehi- cle. “As voice and data communication system technology is changing, public safety organizations must stay abreast of the newest technological advances. Having the wiring for new technology installed during the build makes retro-


Matthews Specialty Vehicles Mobile Command Coach Style vehicle with mast, satellites, awnings, and many other features.


fit installation more cost effective and we recommend com- munication redundancy by including a cell and landline, satellite communication and radio communication, because service may be disrupted during critical incident response.” They also suggest dedicating part of a command vehicle to privacy for commanders for space for confidential meet- ings, private calls, or reviewing sensitive information.


Sirchie Vehicle Division www.sirchie.com According to Aubrey Hall, Sirchie Vehicle Division, agen- cies are upgrading existing vehicles to stay current with new technologies on reduced and limited budgets. IP and Cellular Modem technology is a key area of change in exist- ing vehicles because this technology allows the deployed Command Vehicle to be remotely monitored. Basic upgrades extend vehicles’ overall life cycles, such as


Sirchie Mobile Command for the Directorate of Emergency Services, MCV9000/FL with slide-out room.


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