Shawnee Fire Department just received a new Chief 6 apparatus that was recently placed into service.

Shawnee Fire Department just received a new Chief 6 apparatus that was recently placed into service.

It is a 2017 Chevrolet Suburban that was special-ordered and then up-fitted with emergency lights, radios, equipment and graphics, Fire Chief Dru Tischer said.

It replaces a 2010 Chevrolet Tahoe that will be retired from service as a front-line unit after responding to more than 2,500 emergency incidents and logging more than 88,000 miles.

“The Chief 6 unit designation in our department is given to the Battalion Chief’s vehicle that is used 24/7 by all three shifts,” Tischer said.

The Battalion Chief is the commander of the on-duty shift and is responsible for overseeing emergency operations as the incident commander within the department's 117-square-mile response area.

“This apparatus is designed to carry all the equipment needed to serve as a mobile command post for emergency operations,” he said.

The new unit features upgrades such as a slide-out command equipment toolbox with a mobile radio interface unit, thermal imaging camera, wireless mobile radio headsets, upgraded emergency lighting and storage area for personal protective equipment, Tischer said.

“Chief 6 is one of our busiest units, so the citizens will see this unit out in the community a lot,” he said.

The unit was purchased with funds from the third-penny capital sales tax.

“We are very grateful to the citizens of Shawnee, the City Commission, City Manager Justin Erickson and Finance Director Cindy Arnold for approving this needed purchase,” Tischer said. “Special thanks go to Deputy Fire Chief Andy Starkey who was our lead on this project.”