Emergency Response

At Summit Bodyworks, we specialize in custom emergency response vehicles. Because our installation teams consist of certified emergency vehicle technicians, we complete work to the highest standards.

Need a custom solution?

If you can dream it, we can build it.

Simply tell us what you’re looking for, and our skilled team will get to work to design and build the end product to your exact specifications. For many years, we’ve led the charge in both design and function. Why? Because you shouldn’t have to settle for less than what you want.

Emergency Response

When it comes to emergency response vehicles, you need someone you can trust. Our dedicated installation team brings decades of experience in specialty vehicle upfits to each project, and it includes certified Emergency Vehicle Technicians (EVTs) who know all the ins and outs of emergency response vehicles. 

Additionally, we manufacture an exclusive line of Multi-Purpose Command Transport Vehicles. With the combination of a command and transport unit, your department can easily accomplish multiple things with one vehicle making it efficient on multiple levels. Need a different combination? Our project managers and engineers can accomplish that as well.

At Summit Bodyworks, we take great pride in our professional craftsmanship, highly skilled teams, and exceptional attention to detail. Each vehicle we build is individually customized from the chassis up to suit the owner and department’s needs. We even have an in-house graphics team to put the finishing touches on your vehicle, saving you valuable time.  

Finally, customer service is our top priority. We’ve made a name for ourselves in the industry for our unparalleled customer service, which begins at the planning stage and lasts last long after the vehicle is delivered. Clients can rely on our quick turnaround and continuous communication throughout the build process. Give us a call today to find out how we can provide emergency response vehicles for your department.

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Frequently Asked Questions

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What are the types of emergency response vehicles?

EmergencyResponse Vehicles (ERVs) come in all shapes and sizes. They’re used by law enforcement or public safety departments to respond to disturbances. SWAT vehicles are used by police departments to respond to high-level threats, such as hostage situations. Rapid Deployment Vehicles (RDVs) are used to deploy a rapid response to similar incidents. Other types of ERVs include Bomb & EOD vehicles, Dive & Rescue trucks, Mobile Command Vehicles, Mobile Crime Vehicles, Mobile DUI Vehicles, and SWAT & RDV Vehicles.

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How long does it take to build an emergency response vehicle?

Building an emergency response vehicle varies in time, depending on the unique project and amount of customization desired.

At Summit Bodyworks, we’re equipped to make the process as smooth as possible, with in-house design, manufacturing, and installation.

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Do all municipalities need to have specialty emergency response vehicles?

There are 17,985 police agencies across the United States. Despite this, many smaller towns and rural areas are struggling to keep their police departments open. While emergency response vehicles are an important staple in municipalities across America, they are not always available in small towns with limited budgets. 

Most mid-sized towns, however, will have at least a small fleet of ERVs, ranging from police cars to fire trucks to EMS vehicles. Larger towns and cities typically have both marked and unmarked patrol vehicles, SWAT vehicles, ambulances, and fire trucks, and they may even have specialized Bomb and EOD vehicles. Emergency response vehicles are important to keep members of a community safe, no matter the size of the municipality.

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What options are available for emergency response vehicles?

Depending on their function, ERVs will require a range of options. These include HAZMAT response tools, DUI testing, communication tools, remote dispatch services, extra storage capabilities, specialized compartments for equipment, gear, robots, and more. Specialty emergency response vehicles can also be designed with walk-in cabs, slide-out panels for easy access to storage, slide-out rooms for comfort and flexibility, wiring to accommodate communication services, computers, and other technology. 

Vehicles that are used for rapid response, such as SWAT vehicles or RDVs, are often outfitted with extra weapons storage, surveillance equipment, and ramps for easy access.

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Are used emergency response vehicles available?

Yes. ERVs may be resold for a number of reasons, including budget cuts at a hospital or police department or a shift in priorities. When looking for a used emergency response vehicle, it’s important to do your research and examine the vehicle just as you would an ordinary vehicle. Another option is to get a vehicle retrofitted or refurbished. This involves taking an ordinary vehicle and customizing it with all the options that are needed to have a fully functioning ERV. Whether you are buying a used vehicle or retrofitting one, you should always look for a reputable partner that will work with you every step of the way.

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Our Difference

We operate at the highest level

At Summit Bodyworks, we believe that each emergency response vehicle should be crafted to the highest possible standard. With our team of builders, installers, project managers, and engineers, each ERV that we build is customized from the chassis up to suit the needs of its owner and department. We employ a team of certified emergency vehicle technicians to work on each vehicle, outfitting it with state-of-the-art technology and materials.

As part of our commitment to provide unparalleled service and support, we act as a one-stop-shop for your emergency vehicle needs. From engineering and design to installation and graphics, you can drive off our lot with a completed vehicle — no extra stops needed. We offer a wide range of electronics and generator options and have an extensive inventory of trucks to upfit into emergency response vehicles.

Thanks to an extensive partner network across the United States and Canada, Summit Bodyworks can offer sales, parts, service, and finance for nearly every segment of the transportation industry. No matter what type of vehicle that you order, we will be able to upfit it with the latest communications options.

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