OE56 JPX This Airwave emergency response Land Rover Defender is seen here on standby. The black bag on the roof is removed to reveal a telescopic antenna. It also carries ‘lossy’ cabling that can be run down a tunnel and used as a repeater. This means that the emergency services’ radios can work anywhere underground if the cable is reasonably close by.
E1 AWV This Mercedes Vito has been converted to an Emergency Response Vehicle for communications at a major emergency on the London Underground. Three such vehicles are kept in secure garages and can respond with 30 minutes notice. They are run by the company O2 as they operate the Airwave service.
The side view of the same vehicle. It is fitted with blue lights and another obvious addition is the telescopic mast protruding from the roof (with the top covered by a bag). A small amount of advertising for the company that run it can be seen along the side skirt. Inside is an array of communications equipment, including 1km of cabling, that can allow radios to work underground.
The final version of the van on field trials with its telescopic antenna partially erect.