10/10/10 41 W, 1 I - + 7 - 7 New Wheels For WC1

Lee Wilson has posted a couple photos of the new investigator's vehicle for Wake County Fire Services. The unit number is WC1. Replaces an Chevy Suburban that had a pull-out equipment rack, right? Click to enlarge:

Looks like a much better set-up for these guys to use in the field. Congrats to WCFR on the improvements! Also, it kinda looks like the Cary FD Battalion Chiefs’ vehicles. You know, the 4-door pick-up truck with a proper bed cover is a more utilitarian option than the (now) traditional “Fire SUV.” I bet the white letter tires were Donel’s idea though (LOL)!!
A.C. Rich - 10/12/10 - 11:46

I like it too; seems much more practical for them and would be for a Battalion Chief as well (hint, hint RFD).
Silver - 10/12/10 - 13:39

Plus the reduced risk of bladder cancer with the separation of the passenger compartment from the storage area.
JG - 10/12/10 - 17:23

JG, not familiar with that, please fill us (me) in….
Silver - 10/12/10 - 17:34

After taking several investigation related courses, I learned of several studies that have shown that there is a significant risk of bladder cancer in Arson Investigators. This risk is high when the investigator has an SUV type vehicle in which tools, turnouts, evidence, etc… is in the same compartment as the passenger compartment. You will find that a significant number of investigators in this country are now switching to a truck type apparatus to decrease these chances. With the truck type appartus, it places the investigator in a different compartment than the soiled equipment that contains toxins, carcinogens, etc…
JG - 10/12/10 - 20:55

This is also the reason that many fire investigators now utilize half-face respirators during their investigations or at least should. The same should hold true for those performing overhaul as well…if not already wearing an SCBA. Go the extra step to take precautions to go home safe every night to your families. Wear your PPE!
KP - 10/12/10 - 21:01

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