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Southsea Community Unit
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No: 38934   Contributor:   Year: 2015   Manufacturer: Citroën   Country: United Kingdom
Southsea Community Unit

Overlord Military Show/Camp, Denmead Hampshire 2015
Picture added on 17 September 2015 at 16:08
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A few similar units are in service in other countries, mainly as mobile incident command units.

This front wheel drive configuration allows a very low floor in the rear section, especially when combined with the much smaller tandem rear wheels.

As each of them is independently attached to the rear frame, there are no rear axles, so the floor is only a few centimeters above the ground. This also means that building out the width of the body requires no special modifications to the chassis.

In addition to a very low step height, this design affords excellent interior headroom without making the overall height too extreme. This type of construction is also very lightweight for its size, resulting in a very large cube body being quite adequately powered by the standard engine..

Added by Rob Johnson on 19 March 2018.
Except that, it is still only an overgrown Transit van and once you get all the computers, radios , office equipment etc in there is not a lot of weight allowance left for a crew.

Added by Neal Glover on 20 March 2018.
True Neal, but many European fire services, especially in Germany, operate up to three levels of command units, of which a unit like this would be the midsized version.

The small ones are usually simply a VW Transporter or MB Sprinter, or a similar sized unit, and the big ones can be amazingly big, like Karsruhe's giant double decker, which is pictured on this site.

Added by Rob Johnson on 21 March 2018.
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