Light towers are necessary for illuminating the scene during night rescue, command and control and disaster operations. Mounted to an emergency vehicle, mobile command center or apparatus, a critical item to be determined before purchase is how and where the light tower will be mounted.
A light tower can be mounted inside the vehicle, outside the vehicle or on the vehicle roof. Where the tower is mounted largely depends on the size of the vehicle and what other accessories are mounted.
Internal Mounting. An inside mounting is perfect for a mobile command center or large rescue. The internal mounting nests the retracted mast inside the vehicle with the light package exposed on the roof. If a compartment is not available one may be created easily from what may have been a closet or small space that is available in the apparatus. The internal mounting provides maximum stability for a vertical light tower with full extension over 50 feet. Kits are available with the light tower itself to assist in mounting internally.
External Mounting. The external mounting works well when there is not space on the inside or the roof and a maximum extension is necessary. External mountings can be to the bumper on the front or rear of the apparatus or command center. Many vehicle manufacturers build custom covers that enclose the externally mounted mast for protection and appearance.
Roof Mounting. A roof mounted light tower is typically stowed in a compartment. This allows the light tower when retracted, to stay at or below the roofline of the vehicle. The consideration when specifying a roof-mounted tower is to ensure there is enough roof space on the apparatus. The roof compartment should be specified large enough to accommodate the light tower required. A compartment drain is strongly suggested to provide for proper drainage during rain.