April 7, 2021
Within the U.S., there are more than 17,000 Special Weapons and Tactics Teams (SWAT) in operation. These tactical and emergency response teams play an integral role in ensuring safety within their communities.
For those in charge of managing these teams, having the right SWAT trucks available for use is crucial. If you are ready to add another SWAT truck to your emergency response fleet and need a specialized SWAT vehicle, choosing the right truck should be a focused effort that involves careful consideration of key requirements.
The following guide will help as you navigate the SWAT vehicle options available, ensuring that your tactical team has the truck they need to uphold community safety.
From hostage negotiations to responding to natural disasters, SWAT teams are composed of specialized law enforcement members.
With the long list of tasks a SWAT team might perform, the vehicles driven by these teams need to be highly specialized.
When shopping for a new SWAT truck to add to your emergency fleet, start by outlining all the requirements for your team’s vehicle. This will vary based on the use of the emergency response vehicle and the scope of your department’s work.
In addition to thinking through some of these specialized solutions, it is also important to consider the following based on the needs of your team:
Starting with a detailed list will help as you navigate available emergency response vehicles.
SWAT trucks are often rigged with an array of additional equipment. When purchasing a new vehicle for your fleet, you will want to think through what equipment your team will require. This will help as you explore size options and storage space.
For example, all of the following different SWAT team roles might need to bring a variety of equipment with them to the job:
Beyond just the custom options available for emergency response vehicles, it is important to consider the vehicle’s reliability. SWAT trucks are often used to respond to high-risk and potentially violent events. For this reason, the vehicle needs to be durable and provide long-lasting use.
Be sure to research the reliability of the vehicle chassis the SWAT truck is built on.
With numerous options on the market, take time to compare different SWAT vehicles against one another.
Look at factors such as the following:
While there are pre-built SWAT trucks available on the market, in many cases, it is necessary to opt for a custom build. Customization is a good fit when your team has specialized requirements that won’t be met by a standard emergency response vehicle.
In these cases, working with a custom builder can ensure that every single need is met and gives you the flexibility of choosing your preferred chassis.
Lastly, when shopping for a SWAT truck for your emergency response fleet, it is helpful to speak to an expert who can guide you through available options. Armed with your list of requirements, you can learn more about the best vehicles in your price range.
At Summit Bodyworks, our team believes in creating custom SWAT vehicle builds that meet the needs of these law enforcement teams.
With over 30 years of experience building specialty vehicles, each vehicle we build is unsurpassed in quality and design. From custom bench seating to the latest in on-board technology, we can help your team create the ideal emergency response vehicle for your needs.
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