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Law and Traffic Enforcement Solutions

October 16, 2019

Law and Traffic Enforcement Solutions

Regardless of your job, having an organized workspace where everything you need is at your fingertips is important. And if you’re a crime scene investigator, SWAT team member, or traffic control technician, your “workspace” is wherever you’re needed at that moment.

In law and traffic enforcement, it’s especially critical (and even at times lifesaving) that your work vehicle become your mobile “command center,” with all your tools and equipment ready, organized, and safe from damage and theft. Here are three Extendobed solutions designed specifically for you and your team’s needs.

The DC Metro: Compartmentalized Command Center for CSI Applications

For crime scene investigators, storing and preserving physical evidence from a crime scene is crucial. Such a methodical and careful job requires a mobile space that is both well-organized and secure. The DC Metro unit is one of the most compartmentalized extension beds that we offer; its functional design features multiple storage compartments, a full-extension drawer, pull-out trays, and an upper platform for optimal organization. Safely and securely store evidence collection kits, flagging equipment, toolkits, PPE, and all other equipment (large and small) that investigators need handy at the scene.

The DC Metro is fully customizable for any type of CSI vehicle, from vans to trucks, and its storage design is also customizable so that it’s made to function best with how you work.

The St. Charles: Compact Design, Easy Access to Traffic Control Equipment

Transporting traffic control equipment is tricky; it involves hauling a lot of heavy, bulky equipment that often needs to be loaded and unloaded quickly, and accessible at all times. Heavy traffic control equipment includes weight scales that typically weigh between 40-50lbs. This can be a back-breaking, work injury nightmare with constant loading and unloading at various sites. The compact design of our St. Charles unit addresses this common industry challenge, and others, when it comes to hauling and organizing traffic control equipment.

The St. Charles extended bed comes equipped with scale racks that make weight scales easily accessible. A creeper shelf and an upper platform with steel cage containment is also part of the St. Charles design, allowing easy loading and unloading of traffic cones, barricades, barriers, flare tubes, and other traffic control equipment and supplies. Fully customizable to fit the size and function of your traffic control vehicle, the St. Charles can have up to a 3,000 lb. capacity in a compact, multi-functional design.

The LA Van: Securable Storage for Valuable SWAT and Tactical Equipment

Double the amount of storage in your SWAT vehicle with our LA Van slideout, which creates vertical storage (especially effective for taller vehicles) with multiple, stacked storage compartments made from heavy-duty steel caging. This unit’s ultra-functional design includes full-extension locking drawers to keep tactical equipment secure, and storage compartments large and small for transporting everything from weight scales and air compressors to medical bags and weather tents — all in an organized, easy-to-find manner.

Designed expressly for SWAT and tactical teams, the LA Van is also fully customizable to fit the size and usability of your van. Additional custom options include a power drive, which makes extending and retracting the slideout from the vehicle effortless, especially on steep inclines and rough terrains. Custom shelving for van walls and on the slideout unit itself is also available as an option.

At Extendobed, we have been serving the law and traffic enforcement professionals for over 30 years with our industrial-strength extended beds. With an extension of over 100% that brings the entire slideout past the taillights and a weight capacity of up to 3,000 lbs., our heavy-duty bed extenders are fully customizable for how you work best.

To learn how a custom Extendobed solution can meet your specific needs, email us at: websales@extendobed.com.

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How SWAT and Bomb Units Stay Effective and Keep People Safe

June 19, 2019

How SWAT and Bomb Units Stay Effective and Keep People Safe

SWAT teams and bomb units are highly trained, and they require specialized equipment to do their jobs safely and effectively. When these teams are called in, they face tense, time-sensitive situations — and seconds matter.

Developed in the 1960s by the Los Angeles Police Department, SWAT teams now exist in 90% of cities with a population of more than 50,000 residents. That translates to around 1,200 police department-coordinated SWAT teams.

Bomb squads are trained to handle and safely dispose of potentially explosive materials, and they deal with more than just intentionally fabricated bombs. A bomb squad may also handle fireworks, dangerous chemical combinations, and accidents involving volatile or combustible materials. These specialized teams are full-time forces, sometimes supplemented by reserve officers, and they work with local law enforcement to keep communities safe.

Having well-organized and easy-to-access equipment in their mobile units makes SWAT teams and bomb units safer and more effective. Let’s consider what the field might look like for these crisis specialists.

What Emerging Scenes Look Like

SWAT stands for Specialized Weapons and Tactics. These teams respond to a variety of dangerous situations. For example, a SWAT team might be called in to a hostage situation, in which innocent people are in a vulnerable position between law enforcement and suspects. These types of situations are rarely clear cut, and they often include rapidly changing environments and many unknowns.

SWAT teams may also be called to assist with crowd control or dispersal during events where a large number of people congregate, including rallies, marches, and sport gatherings. In each of these settings, there’s a real possibility of a riot breaking out. Law enforcement units with specialized training designed to keep crowds safe are sometimes the difference between a peaceful gathering and a dangerous public incident. Other circumstances include active shooter scenarios, barricaded suspects, and counterterrorism situations.

For bomb squads, circumstances can vary broadly. Someone may call in a bomb threat to a school, shopping center, or other populated public location, prompting immediate mobilization, evacuation, and slow, careful implementation of safety protocols. Traffic accidents or job site accidents may also require a bomb squad.

Bomb squads and SWAT teams each have their own specialized tools and equipment, which must be safely transported in the correct quantities and in a neatly organized and accessible fashion.

Specialized Tools

You’ll find SWAT teams carrying specific equipment such as advanced imaging tools to see where people are inside a building, body armor and shields, and specialized gas. Each tool they carry addresses the safety of the SWAT officer, the people involved in the incident, and bystanders. In addition, SWAT team members use standard law enforcement equipment such as evidence collection kits, first aid medical supplies, and weapons.

Bomb squads use robots that are specifically designed to approach potential — and actual — explosives. They also utilize x-ray equipment, special suiting material to protect their specialists, containment vessels, and much more specialized materials. Incident locations are diverse and often unpredictable, so getting each situation under control quickly and safely is the top priority.

Because of the wide variation of circumstances that SWAT teams and bomb squads encounter, safety, organization, reliability, and quick access to equipment are of the utmost importance. Custom organizational solutions go a long way in helping ensure a safe and effective work environment for these law enforcement units.

Organization and Reliable Storage Complement Specialized Training

In high-pressure situations where circumstances change from moment to moment, being able to access the right tool makes a big difference — not just for efficiency but also for safety. If a barricaded individual suddenly threatens a hostage, officers need to be able to locate, activate, and deploy the correct tool to neutralize the situation with speed and ease.

A custom-built solution such as Extendobed’s Collier Unit (pictured below) — which includes a narrow tool rack with containment caging and a safety screen, a special weapons box, and a small table and bookcase enclosure — can ensure effective deployment, control, and communication in any circumstance. Likewise, Extendobed’s Henderson Bomb Unit (pictured below) features a uniquely configured upper platform with a safety screen and second shelf, an ATF Type-3 day box/explosives box, a locking compartment on the driver’s side, and a locking weapons drawer.

Each Extendobed installation caters directly to each team’s needs and accounts for equipment, chain of custody, and officer and community safety. To learn how a custom Extendobed solution can meet your needs, email us at: websales@extendobed.com.

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Organization and Planning Actually Save Lives

April 11, 2019

Organization and Planning Actually Save Lives

Firefighting crews are some of the most well-organized, tightly controlled teams in the world. Having a plan, the right tools, a team that backs each other up, and reliable equipment are all essential aspects of an effective firefighting team. The final piece is efficient communication, which is where command centers come in.

A mobile command center brings the power of a brick and mortar command location right to the front lines, where crews can take control of dangerous incidents. Therefore, a mobile command center can help meet the challenges of emergency response more efficiently — here’s how.

Command Centers Create and Maintain Accountability 

Commanders are responsible for the lives of their firefighters in addition to control of incidents, so organization is a top priority. Thus, having the necessary tools on-hand and easily accessible helps to respond to changing conditions. Custom command centers allow commanders to control the entire incident site from one location.

Extendobed’s mobile command centers usually consist of:

  • file drawers,
  • bookcase enclosures,
  • map boards,
  • removable magnetic command easels,
  • pencil trays,
  • fold-down work tables,
  • and slideout mounting walls for equipment such as self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) tanks.

We’ve been building these types of products for the fire service. We know how to build them to withstand the intense rigors required for this industry.

Access Can Mean Life or Death

An organized custom mobile command center can be the difference between life and death. Taking extra time to find equipment or extract it from a messy vehicle could easily mean rescuers don’t reach victims in time to save their lives.

Every critical incident is unique, which is part of what makes firefighting a dangerous occupation. Wildfires behave differently depending on what grasses, trees, and other plants are burning — and depending on the constantly shifting weather conditions. Homes are built from various materials, and some homes contain more explosive hazards than others; thus fire will behave differently for each structure. Extraction tools and firefighter gear differ from incident to incident, so quick and reliable access to gear and tools is critical.

Fire, Fatalities, and Success Stories

Fighting fires and responding to other dangerous incidents will always involve risk. However, firefighters can take a variety of precautions, from improved equipment to well-planned executable strategies, to reduce danger and keep crews and the public safer.

Back in 2004, the “Everyone Goes Home” Firefighter Life Safety Initiatives were developed to better protect and prepare firefighting crews. In 2004, 107 firefighters lost their lives in the line of duty. In 2017, according to FEMA, the number was down to 86. Because of the implementation of Firefighter Life Safety Initiatives, the number of lives lost has reduced, and the continued advancements in equipment, planning, and accountability strategies has increased.

Example Implementations

In Clinton, Michigan, the Clinton Township Fire Department’s custom Extendobed solution allows access to equipment, coolers, air tanks, and other tools from every angle. Easy access means not wasting seconds running around the vehicle or having to park in a specific orientation. Access from all angles also improves efficiency during organization, stocking, cleaning, and repacking.

Another of our customers benefits from a custom Extendobed that helps perform fire pump testing and maintenance. Their 2,000-pound capacity slideout unit, built into their Ford F-250 Service Body truck, makes it easier to access hoses, pipes, and other equipment.

It’s clear from feedback we get from real firefighting crews that good organization for equipment and supplies is a real and continuing issue. We provide custom solutions that support firefighters, from the command center all the way to the fire line.

To read more from happy customers, check out our Facebook page. To get started on your own custom solutions, email us at: websales@extendobed.com.

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Using the Right Tools Increases Efficiency and Improves Safety

February 19, 2019

Using the Right Tools Increases Efficiency and Improves Safety

100% extension easy organization

Whether you work in law enforcement, fire safety, emergency services, or another professional services field, certain basic tasks are common before you depart for the day: You must ensure that you have all the tools and materials you will need to perform your job, organized in a safe and efficient manner. However, packing up all these tools and materials in the morning and after each job/call takes additional time and can be an organizational challenge. Having everything you need readily available makes a big difference in successfully performing your job — but you also need a safe and efficient method for transporting and quickly accessing your tools, parts, supplies, and equipment.

Safety Concerns

Safety is essential for workers across all industries, including safe access to equipment and supplies. You don’t want to put your workers in a situation where arriving at every job site causes unnecessary risk. Workers should be able to easily and safely access the tools to do their job, which immediately makes them more productive.

Heavy or awkward equipment can be difficult to get into or out of vehicles, increasing the risk of injury. In addition, equipment or supplies may shift in transit, making it even more difficult to access. Not having easy access as they load or unload their vehicles can easily injure workers’ backs, knees, and shoulders. Such injuries can be costly in terms of workers’ time off the job, potential lost work while they are out, and of course the increase in your workers’ comp insurance rates. Many times, the savings from avoiding even one back injury more than pays for equipment that improves worker safety.

Dangerous equipment and materials, such as firearms and chemicals, need even more careful handling during loading, transport, and unloading. These tools require specialized storage compartments where they can be safely secured, to protect not only the vehicle operator but also bystanders.

Efficiency

In addition to being safer, having well-organized workspaces on fire, police, and service vehicles also increases efficiency. Workers with well-organized service vehicles don’t have to spend time looking for their tools or supplies because they know right where everything is. Equipment that’s organized and easy to access allows service professionals to complete jobs quickly and finish more jobs in a day. It also reduces time spent on the job site or loading supplies, which lowers overall labor costs to make your proposals even more competitive.

Imagine the difference between packing your tools, equipment, and supplies every morning; climbing into the bed of your truck multiple times at each job site; digging through everything to find the right part or piece of equipment; and then repacking your toolbox and having to re-stow all of your parts, supplies, and equipment back into your truck bed after each job — versus being able to flip a latch; pull out a sliding bed; and select the part or tool needed or access heavy equipment such as tanks, air compressors, or generators without ever having to pick them up. Then after you complete your job you return everything to its place, ready to go for the next job without ever having to climb into the bed of your truck again. Multiply this time savings across every vehicle and every job, and you’ll see a significant increase in productivity and profitability.

Extendobed Solutions

Service vehicles are standardized to be useful to many industries — which is great until you have specialized needs for a specific industry. Extendobed creates custom solutions for any industry. Our products maximize your service vehicle’s space to provide efficiency and safety.

Extendobed offers telescoping truck bed extenders and custom enclosures for a variety of use cases. We provide solutions for various law enforcement and fire safety vehicles, as well as solutions for any type of service or work truck. For example:

  • Law enforcement — Equipment storage with containment caging can keep equipment in place, even while driving over rough terrain or at high speeds — making this kind of enclosure ideal for law enforcement or search and rescue vehicles.
  • Fire safety — In a fire support vehicle, our well-organized and easily accessible cubbies can store chemicals, equipment, communication equipment, and other supplies. Command center units are available with electronics panels, fold-down work tables, and dry-erase easels.
  • Government — Municipalities can use custom Extendobed installations to support water, power, or other utility workers with solutions that accommodate their specific needs.
  • Oil & gas, utilities, power, and pest control — All these industries can benefit from our custom storage and hauling solutions, with equipment mounted on slides and in cubbies designed to meet your specifications — so that everything stays put, even in rough transit, but is easily accessible once on the job site.
  • Other specialized industries — Commercial door installers can go from manually loading and unloading doors into their service trucks or walk-in trailers to being able to forklift-on and forklift-off their doors.
  • All industries — For any industry, our bookcase enclosures are designed to keep information, procedures, and forms in sensible order, with a place for everything.

Regardless of the industry, Extendobed’s installations keep tools, equipment, and supplies right at workers’ fingertips, maximizing efficiency and ensuring safety. With a wide variety of fixed units and sliding units for easier access, Extendobed’s applications are virtually endless.

The more complex and competitive our professional environments become, the more important it is to have quick, easy, and safe access to well-organized tools, equipment, and supplies — which quickly pays for itself in increased productivity and reduced work injuries. Find out why Extendobed is the best-in-class solution to customize your mobile work space by emailing us at websales@extendobed.com.

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Blog

July 25, 2018

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Upfitting Can Save Your Company a Lot of Money

Upfitting Can Save Your Company a Lot of Money

It may seem like a large upfront expense, but upfitting can save your company a lot of money. It costs you resources and money every time someone takes out a vehicle, even if they need to. That’s why you want to ensure that your vehicles minimize these costs by enabling your workers the best they can. That’s what the upfit process is all about, enabling workers to lower costs and wasted resources. Storage One of

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How To Increase the Length of Your Truck Bed

How To Increase the Length of Your Truck Bed

Truck beds are some of the best storage spaces for working people. You can fit thousands of pounds of equipment onto the back of one vehicle. However, they do have their limitations. First, they still have rather limited amounts of space for storing equipment. They can also be difficult to load and unload, as you need to climb in and around them to do so. Luckily, knowing how to increase the length of your truck

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Sawtooth

October 09, 2017

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AND CAMPING

SAWTOOTH

SPECS

  • 60″ drawers
  • Full-length fridge slide
  • Easy access accessory drawer
  • Molle compatible
extendobed offers 100% extension

Experience over 100% extension with this unit. 

3,000 lb capacity truck bed slideout

This unit has a 3,000 lb capacity.

extendobed offers optimal organization

This unit provide efficient use of your vehicle with equipment storage.

WANT TO CUSTOMIZE THIS UNIT?

Send us your email or phone number and we will contact you to customize this unit to fit your specific vehicle.
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Dog Kennel 2

October 04, 2017

DOG

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STATIONARY KENNEL TRAILER

A stationary kennel unit with space for up to three large breed dogs, built for trailers or truck beds. This unit contains slide windows and round vents to hold in heat when it’s cold outside or let air flow through when it’s warm. Insulated with 1″ Foam and then sprayed with Bullet Liner. 

SPECS

  • Aluminum construction
  • (3) Access doors
  • Each door has slide windows
  • Back of unit has three (3) round vents
  • Insulated with 1″ foam
  • Custom built to fit trailer
extendobed offers 100% extension

Experience over 100% extension with this unit. 

3,000 lb capacity truck bed slideout

This unit has a 3,000 lb capacity.

extendobed offers optimal organization

This unit provide efficient use of your vehicle with equipment storage.

WANT TO CUSTOMIZE THIS UNIT?

Send us your email or phone number and we will contact you to customize this unit to fit your specific vehicle.
*Your information will be used strictly for unit customization only. No spam, we promise.

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Dog Kennel 1

October 04, 2017

DOG

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KENNEL SLIDEOUT

SPECS

  • Aluminum construction
  • (4) Kennel areas
  • Removable wall in large kennel area
  • (6) Doors with laser cut air vents
  • (1) File drawer
  • 3′ x 2′ open storage area
  • Foldable access ramp
  • Full-front header
extendobed offers 100% extension

Experience over 100% extension with this unit. 

3,000 lb capacity truck bed slideout

This unit has a 3,000 lb capacity.

extendobed offers optimal organization

This unit provide efficient use of your vehicle with equipment storage.

WANT TO CUSTOMIZE THIS UNIT?

Send us your email or phone number and we will contact you to customize this unit to fit your specific vehicle.
*Your information will be used strictly for unit customization only. No spam, we promise.

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Warranty

September 25, 2017

TWENTY YEAR LIMITED

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YEAR ONE

Subject to the remaining provisions contained in this warranty, EXTENDOBED COMPNY, INC. (“Extendobed”) warrants its products against defects in material and workmanship under normal use and service, ordinary wear and tear excepted, from the date of purchase to the earlier of one (1) year or the period in which owned by the original purchaser. In every case, this first year warranty covers only the repair and/or replacement of defective parts and reasonable labor charges as pre-authorized by Extendobed and does not provide for reimbursement of the retail price of the parts or product, delivery charges, or travel time.

YEARS TWO TO TWENTY

Subject to the remaining provisions contained in this warranty and assuming the Extendobed product(s) is/are owned by the original purchaser, EXTENDOBED warrants its products against defects in material only under normal use and service, ordinary wear and tear expected, commencing on the date which is one year from the date of purchase to the earlier of twenty (20) years from the date of purchase or the period in which owned by the original purchaser. In every case, this remaining warranty covers only the repair and/or replacement of defective parts as pre-authorized by Extendobed and does not provide for reimbursement of the retail price of the parts or product, labor, delivery charges, or travel time.

GENERAL

If this product is defective, it will be replaced or repaired, at Extendobed’s discretion, by your local Extendobed dealer, or a pre-authorized Extendobed representative, when returned. If the defect was caused by damage resulting from alteration, modification, or improper installation or use, including, without limitation, loading the product beyond the factory disclosed load capacity, all express and implied warranties for the product shall be null and void and Extendobed shall not be liable in any manner including any requirement to replace or repair such product.

This warranty applies only to the Extendobed frame assembly, roller bearings, stops, and anchor assembly, and does not apply to accessories such as utility boxes, platforms, bins and the like, whether such accessories are supplied by Extendobed or whether supplied by others.

 Subject to applicable law:

  • Any implied warranty of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose on any Extendobed product shall be limited in duration to the earlier of one (1) year or the period in which owned by the original purchaser.
  • Extendobed shall not be liable for any incidental or consequential damages associated with any Extendobed products.

This warranty gives you specific legal rights, and you may also have other rights which vary from state to state.

Other than as provided herein, Extendobed hereby disclaims any and all express and implied warranties in relation to liability for its products. The disclaimers contained herein shall extend to Extendobed and all its dealers.

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