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Chevrolet Unveils Firefighter & Black Ops Concepts Based On The 2014 Chevy Silverado Z71

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On: Thu, Oct 3, 2013 at 9:08AM | By: Teddy Field

Chevrolet Unveils Firefighter & Black Ops Concepts Based On The 2014 Chevy Silverado Z71

As youngsters, many of us dreamed of becoming firemen when we grew up. That way we could save people from burning buildings, and cats from tall trees. Then there are some who refuse to grow up at all, choosing instead to spend all of their free time playing Black Ops, where they can save digital people from advancing armies and blood-thirsty zombies. If either of those describes you, then you'll be glad to know that Chevrolet has just built a truck specifically for you!

Originally intended for the SEMA Show in Las Vegas, this pair of concept trucks was designed to show people what could be done with the just-released 2014 Chevrolet Silverado. They were unveiled early at the recent State Fair of Texas, an event that's fast becoming the Geneva Motor Show for pickups. Naturally, the truck-lovin' Texas crowd were quite happy that GM brought the pair of concept trucks. And their various modifications were an excellent way for Chevy to show this giant gathering of customers all the new features on its redesigned pickup.

2014 Chevrolet Silverado Z71 Volunteer Firefighter Concept
With help from the Volunteer Fire Council, Chevy engineers turned this 4x4 Double Cab into a serious life-saving machine. "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."

Approximately 90 percent of the fire departments in the United States are entirely or mostly volunteer—and 75 percent of all firefighters are volunteers. The 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 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 (part number 2095180) with custom painted finish
- Emergency roof light bar and additional light-emitting diode, or LED, perimeter lighting
- Chevrolet Accessory four-inch chrome assist steps (part number 22805436)
- Chevrolet Accessory chrome package: door handles (part number 22940647) and mirror caps (part number 22913965)
- Chevrolet Accessory molded hood protector (part number 19302745)
- 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 (part number 19260344)
- Custom billet aluminum front brush guard and billet aluminum bed rails
- Axe and Halligan tool
- CornerStep rear bumper
- Cantilever cab-over TracRac (part number 19299113) 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.

2014 Chevrolet Silverado Black Ops Concept
While the Firefighter Concept was designed to help rescue personnel save people from real danger, the Silverado Black Ops Concept was intended to be a motorized survival kit should the world succumb to a Zombie Apocalypse. To that end, this 2014 Silverado Double Cab Z71 was fitted with 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. 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. An internal torsion bar reduces the effort to raise and lower it while a rotary damper allows for a controlled and more gradual lowering motion.

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, Chevrolet Accessories bolt-on fender flares and four-inch tubular assist steps, and off-road tires mounted on custom-painted versions of the production Z71 18-inch wheels.

Inside, custom-trimmed black seats with yellow piping are complemented by additional yellow trim throughout the cabin, designed to be a comfortable and well-connected environment.

The press release drags on about their new truck's monumental capabilities, but the take-away is this; Chevy's new truck looks pretty darn sweet with some big wheels and a roll bar.

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