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SWAT Units

How SWAT and Bomb Units Stay Effective and Keep People Safe

June 19, 2019

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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Featured Law Enforcement Units: Blue Ridge & Homeland Security

September 17, 2018

Never reach into your vehicle losing sight of your surroundings again with the Blue Ridge law enforcement unit. This unit is designed with ease of use and safety in mind. With two large drawers that extend 200% of their length, everything you need will be accessible from the outside of your vehicle. The first stage of extension brings both drawers to the rear of the vehicle. An integrated dry erase board at the top of the drawer provides an ideal place for a mobile command center. Continued extension of the drawers will allow for easy access to all your equipment outside of the vehicle, keeping you aware of your surroundings. Below the large drawers is a dedicated equipment drawer to house all of your light and siren controllers, radio units, and any other electronics your department is using. On top of the drawer system is 6″ of containment caging for greater safety and storage.

law enforcement truck bed units

 

Blue Ridge Unit:

  • Over 200% Extension
  • Integrated Dry-Erase Board
  • 300lb capacity per Drawer
  • Drawer within a Drawer
  • “Field of view” for officers to see their surrounding when accessing equipment
  • Powder-coated Hammer Tone Black
  • Rubber mats on the bottom of each drawer
homeland security unit

 

Homeland Security Unit: 

  • Single Gas Shock Assisted Lid
  • ATF Type 3 Day Box
  • Upper Platform with 6″ Containment Caging
  • Single or Dual Compartments
  • Primary and Secondary Locks
  • Typically installed in Explorer, Escape or other SUV’s
 

Extendobed slideout units provide secure gear storage and instant access. Law Enforcement is presented with new challenges daily, requiring a variety of tactical equipment to be prepared and on hand. Our Mobile Command Centers provide onsite organizational ability and communication within seconds. Extendobed units safely store SWAT gear, traffic scales, crime scene material and weapons. Designed with space in mind, Extendobed products allow departments to be more efficient on the job. Whether you are a consumer, contractor, or emergency personnel, we customize our equipment to meet your needs. Our slideouts carry a 20 year warranty and will prove to be one of the best investments you make for your vehicle. Interested in a custom law enforcement unit? Give us a call at (208) 455-2707 or shoot us an email at websales@extendobed.com

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US C SOG Slideout

September 22, 2017

SWAT

UNITS

US C SOG Slideout Unit Includes:

– Full-extension locking weapons drawers
– ATF Type 3 day box
– Slide-out mounting walls
– Command board
– Upper platform with folding containment
– PS-380, PS-381, PS-385, PS-382, PS-384

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Tucson Bomb

September 22, 2017

SWAT

UNITS

Tucson Bomb Unit Includes:

– Upper platform with safety screen
– Double platform with safety screen
– Dry-erase backsplash & deck
– Full extension locking weapons drawer
– ATF Type lll Day Box / Explosives Box
– Fold-down gates on lower platform
– Locking weapons drawers.
– Slideout locking twin lid ammo / bomb box
– Steel frame and platform decks will be coated with a protective sealer

*Extendobed no longer manufactures the Twin Lid Day Box as shown in the image above. Please refer to our accessories page to view ourATF Type lll Day Box / Explosives Box.
– PS-377, PS-376, PS-375, PS-374, PS-373, PS-372, PS-371, PS-370

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Spring Valley

September 22, 2017

SWAT

UNITS

Spring Valley Unit Includes:

– Upper platform with safety screen and backsplash
– Fold-down table & second shelf
– Three (3) locking weapons drawers

* Optional 4th drawer shown in picture
– PS-361, PS-360, PS-365, PS-364, PS-363, PS-362

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Richmond PD Ordnance

September 22, 2017

SWAT

UNITS

Richmond PD Ordnance Unit Includes:

– ATF Type lll Day Box / Explosives Box
– Safety screen and center portion
– Narrow tool rack with full-extension drawer
– PS-355, PS-354, PS-353, PS-352, PS-351, PS-350, PS-356

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LA SWAT Van

September 22, 2017

SWAT

UNITS

LA SWAT Van Unit Includes:

– Upper platform, with fold down gates and safety screen
– Center mesh dividers, storage compartments
– Two (2) locking weapons drawer
– Four (4) slide-out mounting walls for gear
– PS-342, PS-341, PS-340

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HLS / TSA

September 22, 2017

SWAT

UNITS

HLS / TSA Unit Includes:

– Narrow tool rack with center partition and safety screen
– ATF Type lll Day Box / Explosives Box
– PS-411, PS-410

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Henderson Bomb Unit

September 22, 2017

SWAT

UNITS

Henderson Bomb Unit Includes:

– Upper platform with safety screen and second shelf
– ATF Type lll Day Box / Explosives Box
– Driver’s side mesh locking compartment with shelf
– Locking weapons drawer
– PS-333, PS-332, PS-331, PS-330, PS-334

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Denton

September 22, 2017

SWAT

UNITS

Denton Unit Includes:

– Upper platform with cutaway and safety screen
– Sliding equipment/robot tray/ramps
– Locking weapons drawer and evidence box
– PS-391, PS-390

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