Tips When Planning Your Command Vehicle Interior Upfit

Designing and planning for a command vehicle interior upfit is not a simple process. There are many factors that need to be considered to ensure that your vehicle is response ready, whether it is an SUV, van, or trailer. OPS Public Safety has identified four important factors to consider when planning your next mobile command center upfit.

Interior Capacity

Understanding your interior capacity and constraints is the first thing to consider when determining your desired layout for your command interior. First, you should consider how many people will be in at a time? How many workstations and seating should you allocate? What are the weather considerations – if it’s hot and humid you will need HVAC to keep working conditions comfortable for your staff. How much isle space do you need, what equipment will be stored and how accessible can you get it? What type of security for your equipment do you need, radio/electrical storage space, accessories, shore power/generators, and what is the maximum payload capacity of the vehicle? To ensure you capture all interior specs, discuss with your end-users, their feedback is crucial as they will be using the vehicle daily. 


It is important to establish a realistic timeline for your command project. Depending on the complexity of the command upfit, a typical upfit it could range from two to six months to complete. Ensure you give yourself enough time to plan and spec if the vehicle has to be in service by a specific date.

Vehicle’s Purpose

Determine what exactly this vehicle will be used for. This may take some time. Really think about what this vehicle’s primary purpose will be. What are the day-to-day operations of this command center? What will need to be stored in this vehicle? Will this vehicle require seating or a work bench? If you have an upfit that needs to be done, write down a list of the equipment that you typically use on a given day, this will help give you a better idea of what types of storage and accessories will need to be installed to help you on the job.

Power and Lighting

Depending on the specific needs for your mobile command vehicle, you may need to factor in what power sources that should be accessible to your team as they can be at a location for an extended period of time. Does your vehicle require specific lighting, air conditioning, heating? What are the typical weather conditions? With one-on-one consultations with our experts, we can help you determine which on-scene power sources you should consider.

There are many elements that need to be considered when designing and building your command vehicle. With so many choices and options when planning your command vehicle upfit, it makes sense to have someone guide you through the process. Let OPS Public Safety be your guide for your next turnkey command interior solution. Call us today to book a one-on-one consultation.

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About OPS Public Safety

  • Founded in 2006, OPS Public Safety manufactures weapon and gear storage systems for law enforcement and public safety vehicles.
  • Its durable and lightweight aluminum products ensure that equipment is secure and easy to get to, and that fuel costs are lowered.
  • All products are made in North America.
  • Customers include law enforcement agencies throughout the U.S. and Canada, as well as fire departments, EMS authorities and military personnel.