Palatine Fire Department Dive Rescue Vehicle


This dive rescue vehicle for Palatine Fire Department is built on a Ford F59 chassis with a Triton V-10 gas engine and a 5-speed TorqShift transmission. The dive rescue vehicle is built from an all-aluminum step van body features a sliding passenger entry door (no driver's door) with sliding windows. Fixed bench seating with removable cushions was installed for under-seat storage,

Custom-fabricated aluminum cabinetry with LED under cabinet lighting provides additional lighting and storage. Two magnetic dry erase white boards provide spaces for collaboration when working a scene. Aluminum box pan shelves with mesh netting with thumb lock fasteners provides additional gear storage. The dive rescue vehicle also features a custom aluminum SCUBA bottle rack to hold 6 aluminum or steel 80 cubic ft. bottles.

Two exterior roll-up doors provide a space for a slide-out tray on each side of the vehicle. There is also a complete emergency lighting and siren package as well as super bright LED scene lighting for night operations. The exterior of the dive rescue vehicle also has two custom roll-up door storage compartments for quick and convenient gear access that have been painted body color. A color backup camera system has also been installed to assist with parking duties.


  • Ford F59 chassis
  • Triton V-10 engine (gas)
  • TorqShift 5-speed automatic
  • Aluminum step van body
  • 16ft. load space
  • Curbside entry door
  • Prewire for communications radios
  • Custom aluminum box pan shelving
  • Mesh netting for gear storage
  • Thumb-lock fasteners for netting
  • Fixed bench seats with under storage
  • LED interior lighting
  • Two exterior roll up storage compartments
  • Sliding windows
  • Emergency lighting and sirens
  • LED scene lighting
  • Exterior box pan shelves have extension slides
  • Color back-up camera system
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