Imagine you are out hiking in the wilderness when you slip down a ravine, breaking your leg. A broken rib punctures your lung—and you have a severe concussion. All you can do is hope someone is coming to get you. You would want the most capable vehicle with all the high-tech accessories leading the search mission. That is exactly what Josh Govenor of Las Vegas had in mind when he was building his 2013 Ford F-150 Raptor. Working as a firefighter continuously shows Josh that having the right vehicle for the job is vital. Without much ado, he brought the truck into his family’s paint and body shop, Sudden Impact, also in Vegas, and got to work transforming the factory truck into a search and rescue team’s ideal mode of transportation.
The first of Josh’s goals was to enhance the capabilities of the truck in any terrain. This started with Rogue Racing Stage 2 upper control arms. To this setup he added stronger tie-rod ends. The rear received a Firestone air helper ’bag system that allows for full suspension travel without becoming damaged. Bigger tires were on the list and came by way of 35-inch Atturo Trail Blade M/Ts. Those Atturos were wrapped around a set of equally capable 20x9-inch BMF R.E.P.R. wheels.
It performed flawlessly and was ready for a life of helping to find the lost and recover the out of reach.
To access the spare tires, Honda generator, Power Tank air tank, and ARB refrigerator, a B
Four HD cameras around the truck provide Josh a full view of his surroundings at any time.
A full complement of lights will light up the darkest of remote areas. A Superwinch winch
Next, Josh could address his body modifications. This is where his Ford Raptor stands out from the rest. Josh wanted his Ford Raptor to look good but still be able to take a beating. So rather than paint, he used a flat metallic blue wrap to achieve the look he was going for. In the bed, a Rogue Racing chase rack was bolted in with a Bedslide to be able to access the spare tires, Honda generator, Power Tank air tank, and Ingersoll Rand cordless tools. Matching Rogue Racing front and rear bumpers were also installed with a Superwinch winch up front. Since this truck was to be used for search and rescue operations, Josh knew lighting was essential. Whelen Engineering lights can be found all over the vehicle, turning the darkest of nights into day. Finally, four Safety Vision cameras were installed on all four sides of the truck for a surround view. Those don’t do much good in the dark of night, so to remedy this Josh installed an infrared camera up front to assist. With the outside ready for the desert, Josh put his focus on the interior.
Just because this is supposed to be an off-road rescue Ford Raptor doesn’t mean the interior has to be Spartan and uncomfortable. The seats were wrapped in custom leather seat covers with blue accents. The dash and headliner received the suede-wrapped treatment, while several other plastics were painted matte blue to match the exterior. A Safety Vision screen on the dash gives Josh a place to watch the exterior cameras, and a Ram Mounts laptop mount keeps his Toughbook within reach for crucial updates. Backseat passengers can stay up to date with Android tablets that can be removed from the headrests. This Raptor’s interior is the perfect place for rescue workers to relax between shifts.
Josh finished the truck up in two months, and his first drive was out into the Las Vegas desert to test it. It performed flawlessly and was ready for a life of helping to find the lost and recover the out of reach. Josh wanted to thank everybody involved with the build, his brothers at the station, and most of all his family for their support.
What you are looking at is the FLIR (forward-looking infrared) camera that allows Josh to
This off-road machine doesn’t have a cold and uncomfortable interior. Leather seats, suede
|Inside the Build|
|Year/Make/Model:|| 2013 Ford F-150 Raptor|
|Owner and City/State:|| Josh Govenor • Las Vegas, Nevada|
|Type:|| 6.2L V-8 |
|Induction:|| Volant cool-air intake|
|Exhaust:|| MBRP after-cat exhaust|
|Engine Management:|| Diablo Sport Trinity|
|Built By:|| Josh Govenor|
|Transmission:|| Six-speed auto with Select Shift|
|Rearend:|| Electronic locker|
|Front Suspension:|| Rogue Racing Stage 2 upper control arms|
|Rear Suspension:|| Firestone air helper ’bag system|
|Brakes:|| EBC rotors and pads|
|Wheels & Tires|
|Wheels:|| 20x9-inch BMF R.E.P.R.|
|Tires:|| 35x12.50R20 Atturo Trail Blade M/T|