South Metro is proud to unveil our first ever clean cab fire command vehicle. “District 1” as it’s called on the radio, is staffed each day by a District Chief who responds from Station 34 in Lone Tree. The District Chief is the highest-ranking officer who leads daily operations across South Metro’s 287 square mile area.
The driver side rear door accesses a sealed off and ventilated compartment that stores the Chief’s personal protective equipment (PPE). The PPE is kept out of the dust and soot that can fill the truck bed during wildland season and it stays warm during the winter. The clean cab concept was designed and constructed in-house by SMFR Emergency Vehicle Technician and Local 2086 Member Matt West and was inspired by Assistant Chief Troy Jackson.
Additional features include seating for 3 – The incident commander, an accountability officer and senior advisor. All 3 personnel have radio headphones to communicate on separate radio channels and manage complex emergency scenes. The vehicle will carry medical equipment, a beverage cooler, decontamination equipment, hand tools, extra radios and batteries. A flush mounted solar panel on the roof provides power during the day so the vehicle can be turned off when it’s away from an electrical outlet.