Homeland Security


Kanawha County Sheriff’s Office

Charleston, WV

Model CM1800 - Command Bomb Unit


The Kanawha County Sheriff's Office determined early on in the investigation of what kind of vehicle they wanted for a bomb unit. It would not be a converted utility body, but a body that would be robust enough to handle the terrain in mountainous region of Charleston, WV. They contacted Hackney, a GSA contractor for homeland security vehicles and a manufacturer who already had a good reputation with the Charleston FD and surrounding community fire departments, to design a vehicle meeting their stringent requirements. Following is a brief description of the end result:

  • Hackney CM1800, 18-ft all-aluminum body using 3x2 and 2x2 aluminum tubular superstructure and 1/8” thick welded exterior  panels
  • Robot garage in the rear: roll-up access door on the streetside with bi-fold loading and unloading ramp; 85” headroom in garage using a drop-frame behind the rear axle.
  • Cab-to-Body flexible walk-thru
  • Freightliner M2-106 chassis: 330hp Cummins ISL engine for plenty of hill climbing power; Allison 3000EVS automatic transmission; 275-amp alternator; 14,000# front axle; 23,000# rear axle; Aluminum alloy wheels; remote controlled and heated mirrors; dual air horns
  • Class V trailer hitch with combo 2” and 2-1/2” ball
  • Stainless steel work counter and solid-surface two-man desk
  • Aluminum storage cabinets with powder-coated finish
  • Rubberized safety floor in personnel area and anti-slip treadplate floor in robot garage
  • Electric deployed awning
  • V-MUX multiplexed electrical system with message center
  • Isolated body battery system with 90-amp charger/converter
  • LED amber traffic warning directional light bar
  • Whelen 90-series LED scene lights: (2) upper left and right side body; (2) upper rear
  • Whelen hi/lo LED interior dome lights
  • Whelen LED warning light system – blue
  • LED TV/Monitors: (2) 20” over desk area; (1) 32” over work station; (1) 32” in exterior compartment
  • Audiovisual system switchers with four inputs and outputs
  • Will-Burt telescoping tower with extreme low light camera
  • 8KW Onan QuietOne diesel genset
  • 30-amp shorepower to body with automatic transfer relay
  • Integral air conditioner heat pump system mounted beneath body with sidewall plenums to minimize overall height


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