Firefighter Dream Vehicle

Equipped to Do the Job

John Gunnell - February 20, 2014 11:30 AM

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Having spent two decades as a small-town volunteer firefighter, this writer can tell you that nothing excites a committed and hardworking VFD member more than a cool  pickup to scoot to the firehouse in..
Chevrolet’s Z71 Volunteer Firefighter Concept Truck has about as many thrills as riding on the back of a hose bed, hanging on for dear life.
Chevy said it designed the truck to honor the guys who get up in the middle of the night to risk their lives saving burning barns. Naturally, the custom double cab is painted bright Fire Engine Red. A band of silver and graphics in the same color set off the traditional color of flame eaters. The metallic silver trim actually has a purpose-it illuminates at night when the firefighter is driving to the engine house in his PJs.
The show truck includes firefighter accessories like custom lighting, a chrome-plated fire extinguisher, a siren (not legal for volunteers in all states), a firefighter’s Halligan tool (a kind of Swiss Army Knife for forcible entries) and an axe.
Chevy couldn’t help taking a pot shot at the new aluminum F-150 by stressing that the Silverado is steel-cabbed..“Silverado’s dedication to safety matches that of firefighters” reads the show placard. The add-on safety features on the show truck include a Lane Departure Warning Alert, a Safety Alert Seat that uses haptic vibrations to warn of danger and a Forward Collision Alert that warns a driver when the pickup is getting to close to the vehicle ahead of it. 
Other features on or inside the Silverado include an EcoTec3 engine, a six-speed heavy-duty automatic transmission, Duralife™ brake rotors, a CornerStep rear bumper, StabiliTrak® Electronic Stability Control, the Z71 off-road suspension, Hill Descent Control, special Chevrolet concept truck accessory wheels, four-inch chrome assist straps, a chrome package, custom graphics, Expressive Lighting, the siren, a bed tool box and firefighter turnout gear.