With the new Big Tex looking down upon the State Fair of Texas Auto Show outdoor exhibit areas, he certainly must be smiling knowing that Chevrolet is showing their 2014 Silverado Z71 Volunteer Firefighter concept truck at his show.
This full-size pickup concept explores and addresses the extremes of preparedness for the Volunteer Firefighter who, so often, is the backbone of emergency first response and firefighting all across Texas.
On display for the first time at the State Fair of Texas, Chevrolet has developed the Silverado Z71 Volunteer Firefighter truck, which honors the service of grassroots first responders, with input from the National Volunteer Fire Council.
The concept vehicle features a full complement of rescue equipment incorporated on a new Silverado Double Cab equipped with the Z71 Off Road suspension.
In addition, Chevrolet is showing the sinister-looking Black Ops concept based on the Silverado Crew Cab 4x4, building on its strength, performance and safety with features designed to turn the wasteland into an oasis, including custom-fabricated lower body armor and a lockable, bed-mounted Truck Vault storage unit. It holds a solar power pack, a pair of gas masks, gloves, military First Aid Kit, folding shovel and rope.
Texans, by nature, are self-sustaining and have a survivor mentality which should make this concept appeal to many as well.
These trucks will be on display later this year at the SEMA automotive industry trade show in Las Vegas.
In recognition of the value of working trucks for emergency services in Texas and the fact that almost 20 percent of all pickup trucks sold in the U.S. are sold in Texas, Chevrolet decided to show these trucks at the Texas State Fair Auto Show, ahead of the SEMA event in November.
Silverado Volunteer Firefighter Concept
Not only in Texas, but across the country, approximately 90 percent of the fire departments are entirely or mostly volunteer – and 75 percent of all firefighters nationally are volunteers. The National Volunteer Fire Council is made up of firefighter associations from 49 states and advocates policies, standards and programs to keep those firefighters safe.
Earlier this year, the fire council and Chevrolet began a partnership to raise awareness for volunteer emergency services, and support volunteer firefighters and EMS personnel nationwide. The concept vehicle features a full complement of rescue equipment incorporated on a new Silverado Double Cab equipped with the Z71 Off Road suspension.
“We wanted to pay tribute to these important men and women in communities everywhere,” said Chris Perry, vice president of Chevrolet marketing. “They are the kind of hard-working Americans for whom we design and build the Silverado, making sure it delivers the capability and dependability they expect.”
The Silverado Volunteer Firefighter concept has plenty of room for personal gear such as a turnout coat and pants, firefighter helmet, air pack and gloves. It’s also outfitted with the tools and safety equipment needed in a support vehicle, including:
• Chevrolet Accessory six-spoke 22-inch Wheels with custom painted finish
• Emergency roof light bar and additional light-emitting diode, or LED, perimeter lighting
• Chevrolet Accessory four-inch chrome assist steps
• Chevrolet Accessory chrome package: door handles and mirror caps
• Chevrolet Accessory molded hood protector
• Red and Silver Paint Scheme with Custom Graphics
• Emergency siren and PA system
• Chrome fire extinguishers and mounting hardware
• Chevrolet Accessory gull-wing tool box
• Custom billet aluminum front brush guard and billet aluminum bed rails
• Axe and Halligan tool
• Cantilever cab-over TracRac with custom brushed aluminum finish.
Inside, the front seats are re-trimmed with 3M reflective bolster material and Torch Red stitching, which complements additional chrome-plated accents throughout the cab.
In addition, from the factory, the Silverado Double Cab Z71 is engineered with performance features and safety technologies firefighters can count on in every situation. These include:
• All-new EcoTec3 5.3L engine with 355 horsepower and 383 lb-ft of torque
• Six-speed automatic transmission with hill descent control for easier, more controlled driving on grades
• Revised front and rear suspensions and wider wheels that enhance ride and handling
• Fuel-saving electric power steering
• Four-wheel-disc brakes with Duralife rotors that can double rotor life, reducing maintenance costs
• StabiliTrak electronic stability control system with trailer sway control and hill start assist that enhances vehicle control in a variety emergency driving conditions
• CornerStep rear bumper that makes it easier to reach equipment in the bed
• Available safety features, including lane departure warning, front and rear park assist and a rear-vision camera, enhance occupant safety when driving to or maneuvering around a call site
• Available spray-on, chemically bonded and textured bedliner.
Silverado Black Ops Concept
With Texas no stranger to severe weather and other significant emergency situations, Chevrolet has designed the Silverado Black Ops concept to be ready for anything.
“Luck favors the prepared and the Silverado Black Ops concept is a survival kit on four wheels,” said Chevrolet design manager Dave Ross. “This concept truck showcases the stronger, smarter and more capable elements of the 2014 Silverado and how accessories can enhance them to suit any lifestyle.”
The sinister-looking concept is based on the Silverado Crew Cab 4x4, building on its strength, performance and safety with features (as Chevrolet says) designed to turn the wasteland into an oasis, including custom-fabricated lower body armor and a lockable, bed-mounted Truck Vault storage unit. It holds a solar power pack, a pair of gas masks, gloves, military First Aid Kit, folding shovel and rope.
A generator, fuel can and water can are mounted atop the storage unit, as well as a crate stocked with food or other emergency supplies. The Silverado’s available CornerStep bumper makes it easier to reach into the bed to retrieve the survival gear, while the available locking tailgate with EZ-Lift-and Lower feature enables easier operation.
A powerful, front-mounted winch can help the Silverado Black Ops in most any catastrophe-induced predicament, while a custom cover around the winch has a bright, light-emitting diode, or LED, spot light and integrated tow hooks.
The truck also has a raised suspension that provides extra ground clearance. Additional exterior concept equipment includes custom bed rails and a light bridge – equipped with forward- and rearward-facing light bars.
Inside, custom-trimmed black seats with yellow piping are complemented by additional yellow trim throughout the cabin. The cabin includes Silverado’s MyLink system with available navigation – displayed on an eight-inch color touch screen. Standard USB and other accessory inputs make it easy to upload and review critical emergency information from a smartphone or other media source.
Additional Silverado factory features include:
• Available maximum towing capacity of up to 12,000 pounds with an available 6.2L V-8 and Max Towing Package
• Revised front and rear suspensions and wider wheels that enhance the ride and handling
• Fuel-saving electric power steering
• Two available, segment-first active safety technologies: forward collision alert and lane departure warning. They use a forward-mounted camera to identify and warn drivers when they are at risk of colliding with another vehicle or leaving their lane. GM’s Safety Alert Seat and a rear-vision camera are also available.
“Silverado Black Ops is built upon the stronger, smarter and more capable 2014 Chevrolet Silverado,” said Ross. “It’s ready for whatever you need it for – work, recreation or challenging conditions.”